PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team suffered an unlucky turn of events on Sunday at Rhodes Field, dominating its non-conference opponent Boise State for much of the second half but ending up on the wrong end of a 1-0 result.
The Broncos (5-6-1) had just two shots in the second half, but made one of them count. Off a free kick from the left side in the 54th minute, the ball bounced around in the Penn box and eventually landed on the foot of Katy Oehring in front. She easily pushed it into the open goal, as Sarah Banks was hurt on the play and was attended to for several minutes following the goal. Katherine Myhre came on in her place.
Penn (4-4-0) pushed the play after that, eventually ending the stanza with 10 shots. The Quakers even looked like they had equalized with about 20 minutes remaining, when Erin Mikolai got behind the defense and finished a nice ball in from Brianna Rano. However, the offsides flag was up quickly and the goal was disallowed.
In the final 10 minutes, BSU goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt was equal to the two efforts that were on goal, the first from Elissa Berdini and the second from Claire Walker down the stretch. In each case, McDevitt dove to her right and was able to push the ball just past the post to earn her clean sheet.
Megan York provided an immediate spark off the bench 20 minutes in and had two nice chances on the same possession, both of which were denied by Maggy McDevitt. A few minutes after that, she was sprung by Kerry Scalora, but after beating a defender she put the shot wide. Later in the half, she was set up in front by Clara Midgley, but with a defender closing she hurried her 15-yard shot and put it over the bar.
Banks' only save in her 54 minutes was a beauty, as she took a 25-yard bullet that came her way and parried it over the crossbar. Myhre did not see any action during her 36-minute stint.
Rano nearly put Penn ahead mere minutes into the second half. Her ball from the right side might have been a cross, might have been a shot -- regardless, it went over McDevitt's head but hit the crossbar cleanly. The ball landed at Scalora's feet and she pushed the ball toward goal, but it was cleared off the line by a BSU defender.
Penn is back into Ivy League action next Friday, traveling to Cornell to face the winless Big Red at 7 p.m. The Quakers are home next Sunday, hosting NJIT at 1 p.m.