NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team scored both of its goals in the second half, and the defense pitched its fifth shutout this season, as the Quakers defeated Yale Saturday evening, 2-0, at the Bulldogs' Reese Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.
With the win, Penn improved to 8-5-1 overall; more importantly, the Quakers remain firmly in the Ivy League championship hunt at 4-1-0. Princeton, which scored twice late to defeat Harvard 3-1, remains atop the table at 5-0-0, while Penn and Dartmouth remain tied in second place. Everyone else has been officially eliminated. Yale fell to 6-7-0, 1-4-0 in Ivy play.
Penn outshot Yale in the match, 13-5, but it wasn't until the 51st minute that the Quakers were able to net what would prove to be the winner. In front of the Yale goal, sophomore Megan York headed it toward goal. Callan Parra and a Yale defender then went for yet another header, and it hit the Bulldog defender and went into the Yale goal for an own goal.
Penn outshot Yale, 9-2, in the second half and forced Bulldog goalkeeper Rachel Ames to make five of her seven saves on the night.
Penn is home for the final time this season next Saturday, hosting Brown at 5 p.m. on Rhodes Field. That game will be the first half of a doubleheader at Rhodes, as the Penn men host Brown afterward at approximately 7:30 p.m.