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SBI Woman of the Match: Midge Purce


Fighting for her spot to break into the U.S. Women’s National Team Olympic 18, Margaret “Midge” Purce had the exact type of game she needed to have in the team’s 4-0 win over Jamaica.

Purce earned her second goal in her seventh USWNT cap on a nice play in the 22nd minute to hand the Americans a comfortable lead.

Unmarked and with plenty of temptation to charge into the box, Purce did well to time her run perfectly for Christen Press to find her. From there, she calmly beat Jamaican keeper Sydney Schnieder near-post, and you can see what it meant to her in the celebration.

What’s more, she stayed on the field when Vlatko Andonovski made three substitutions at halftime and showcased the versatility needed to bolster her Olympic stock.

Purce slid back to right back in the second half and continued to impress as she helped protect the shutout while contributing to the attack, dominating the right side of the field the entire evening.

Purce beat out fellow goal scorers Christen Press, Carli Lloyd, and Lindsey Horan for SBI’s Woman of the Match honor.

What did you think of Purce’s performance? Who was your pick for Woman of the Match?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. What I liked about Midge’s play at right wing was her ability to maneuver around her defender(s). Right now, the only one who seems to be able to play that position is Tobin Heath. However, with her coming off a long-term injury, its no sure thing that she would be in top form when the Olympic Matches begin. I remember when Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL in early Spring before the 2016 Olympics, and never was able to get back into top notch form prior to the matches. Midge’s Addition to the squad would provide an excellent insurance policy if Tobin can’t answer the bell for the first match.

  2. Midge is quite the player. In NWSL, teams typically attack on the opposite side of her so she doesn’t see much of the ball.


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