PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team rolled in its first match of the 2013 season, defeating Saint Peter’s 4-0 on the Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.
Kathryn Barth scored Penn’s first goal of the season, off a beautiful lead pass from Kerry Scalora that gave her a breakaway. Barth’s first effort was thwarted by Saint Peter’s goalkeeper Molly O’Halloran, but the rebound came right back to Barth and she pushed it around the fallen goalie and into the goal.
Penn’s second goal came in the 39th minute, off the head of freshman Tahirih Nesmith, who started on defense in her collegiate debut. A ball was played into the area, and was headed across the goalmouth by Kaitlyn Moore to Clara Midgley. Midgley, in turn, headed it to the front of the goal, where Nesmith was able to head it before O’Halloran could get her hands on it.
Penn had a pair of other chances to score in the opening period, twice having shots cleared off the line by a Peacock defender, and Haley Cooper nearly made it 3-0 with a free kick that banged off the crossbar.
The second half was dominated by Penn, but the Quakers were unable to score again until less than eight minutes remaining. Scalora was the goalscorer, finishing a long free kick from Cooper inside the far post. Less than five minutes after that, Nikoletta Georgalis (making her collegiate debut) finished a nice combination that started with a free kick from the right side by Scalora that led to Barth leaving it on the doorstep for the easy finish.
Kalijah Terilli made her collegiate debut in goal, starting the game. She was tested early on direct kick from Devon Williams that was ticketed for the upper corner, but came out of it clean. Katherine Myhre replaced her at halftime and was not called upon to make a stop. For the game, Penn outshot Saint Peter’s, 23-1.
Penn returns to action again on Sunday, hosting Mount St. Mary’s at noon. That match will also take place at Penn Park.