ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team’s 200th program victory came in dramatic fashion on Monday, as the Quakers scored on a penalty kick just 2:09 into the first overtime period to gain a 1-0 win over Navy.
With the win, Penn improved to 8-1-3 on the season. Patriot League frontrunner Navy, which entered the match on a 10-game winning streak and had not allowed a goal in more than 705 minutes, fell to 12-3-0.
In addition to Monday's win being Penn's 200th as a varsity program -- the Quakers are 200-143-39 since 1991 -- the victory also assured the Red and Blue of yet another winning season. The Quakers have finished above .500 every one of Head Coach Darren Ambrose's 14 years at the helm.
After a Navy defender was called for a handball in the goal area during the run of play, senior Kerry Scalora took the PK and banged it home to propel the Quakers to the victory. It marked the second time Scalora ended an overtime contest this season; she had a free-kick goal that beat Drexel on September 13. Monday’s goal was Scalora’s fifth this season, which leads the team.
That ended a match in which Penn was outshot by its hosts, 15-7. However, Kalijah Terilli made four saves and was helped by a defensive save to earn the clean sheet, the Quakers’ fourth straight and the ninth in 12 matches this season.
Despite the stats, Penn certainly had its chances. In the first half alone, Lindsey Sawczuk put a shot off the crossbar in the third minute and then Megan York headed a corner kick off the post just after the half-hour mark.
In the 67th minute, Navy looked like it might score when Courtney Hook beat Terilli. However, the ball was cleared off the line before it went in, keeping the match scoreless. The Midshipmen then had a trio of shots near the end of regulation, but could not put it home.
Penn is back at home on Saturday, hosting Dartmouth in a key Ivy League match at 5 p.m. That game will be the first half of a doubleheader at Rhodes Field, as the men host the Big Green at approximately 7:30 p.m.