PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team hits the second half of its Ivy League slate this Saturday, hosting Yale at 5 p.m. in the first half of a women’s/men’s doubleheader. The Quakers are alone in second place in the Ivies at 3-1-0, behind only Harvard, and will look to keep pace with the Crimson with a win at Rhodes Field.
Around the Ivies
The Penn-Yale match is one of three Ivy tilts that will take place on Saturday. The one that Quaker fans care about comes later that night, when first-place Harvard (4-0-0) hosts defending champion Princeton (0-3-1) at 7 p.m. The day kicks off with Columbia (0-2-2) and Dartmouth (2-2-0) in Hanover at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, Brown (2-1-1) is at Cornell (1-3-0) for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The Series with Yale
The Bulldogs lead the series, 12-6-4, but like a number of other series among Penn's Ivy foes the series is skewed by Yale’s early dominance (wins in the first seven meetings). Penn has won three in a row over Yale and is 4-1-1 over the last six matches. The Quakers have won the last two meetings 2-0; Kathryn Barth scored the second goal in each of those victories.
The Bulldogs (7-5-0, 2-2-0) enter the weekend on a two-match win streak, with 1-0 victories over Cornell and non-conference Marist. Yale’s other Ivy win came in OT at Princeton, while the losses are to Harvard and Dartmouth. Junior Melissa Gavin, the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year who missed part of last season due to injury, entered the week leading the Ivies in goals (9) and points (21). Geneva Decker has three goals, while Paula Hagopian and Juliann Jeffrey have scored twice each. In goal, both Rachel Ames (2.09 GAA, .768 save percentage) and Elise Wilcox (1.33 GAA, .826 save percentage) have started six matches.
*At 10-1-3, Penn is making history. Using the formula of three points for a win and one for a tie, the Quakers have 33 of a possible 42 points this season. The only other Penn teams that had 33 points or more at the 14-match mark were 2011 (12-2-0/36 points), 2007 (11-2-1/34) and 2001 (11-1-2/35).
*In addition, this is only the second time that Penn has had just one loss at this point in the season, the other being 2001 (11-1-2).
*Penn’s .808 win percentage at the start of the week was 19th nationally; it went up to .821 after Tuesday’s win over NJIT.
*Penn has had at least 10 wins in two of the last three seasons, three of the last five, and four of the last seven campaigns.
*Penn is 37-10-7 over its last 54 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 54 matches, Penn has more shutouts (34) than goals allowed (31).
*Penn is 19-5-3 in its last 27 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*Penn has won every Ivy League match at home since a 2-1 loss to Columbia on Oct. 8, 2010. Since then, the Quakers are 10-0-0 on Rhodes Field against Ivy opposition.
*Penn enters Saturday’s match with a shutout streak of 621:48, dating back to a 1-1 tie with Lehigh on Sept. 29.
*Penn was the last team in NCAA Division I to allow a goal this season -- Old Dominion finally dented the Quakers’ net on September 22 -- and has allowed just five goals in 14 matches.
*Penn entered the week leading the nation in shutout percentage and second in goals-against average behind only UCLA, and improved both of those numbers with Tuesday’s shutout at NJIT (shutout percentage now .786, GAA now 0.34). Two years ago, the Quakers led the nation in shutout percentage (13 in 17 matches) and allowed just seven goals all season.
*Never mind keeping teams off the score sheet; Penn just isn’t giving teams many chances to score. The Quakers have outshot their opponents by a whopping 191-95 so far this season, and Quaker goalies Kalijah Terilli and Katherine Myhre have been called upon just 30 times to make saves (Terilli 22, Myhre 8).
*Sophomore Erin Mikolai had a goal and an assist on Tuesday night at NJIT, coming on the heels of her performance against Dartmouth last weekend when she might have been the best player on the field and assisted the winning goal.
*Laura Oliver also had a goal Tuesday at NJIT, her first this season.
*Junior Megan York had Penn’s goal against Dartmouth, her third tally this season. She also has two assists for eight points.
*Kerry Scalora had Penn’s goal at Navy, a penalty kick in overtime (her second PK goal this season). She leads Penn in every offensive category (5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points).
*Scalora enters the week with 15 career goals and 12 career assists for 42 career points.
*Penn has had 10 different players score its 22 goals this season.
*Penn has had one scoreless tie this year, and two others where goals were scored. In those two ties, the Quakers spotted the opposition their goals first (2 for ODU, 1 for Lehigh) before coming back to salvage the draw.
*Penn’s win at Navy on October 14 was the program’s 200th all-time (after the NJIT win Tuesday, the program’s all-time record is 202-143-39). Head Coach Darren Ambrose has been at the helm for 138 of those victories.
*The Navy win also guaranteed Penn a winning overall record for the 2013 season. The Quakers have finished above .500 every one of Coach Ambrose’s 14 seasons.
*Penn returns two women who earned All-Ivy honors last year, seniors Scalora (first-team forward) and Rano (second-team defender). Scalora was also the 2010 Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year.
*Barth, meanwhile, was a second-team All-Ivy and second-team NSCAA all-region selection two years ago, as a sophomore.
Penn has two Ivy League matches remaining, starting next Saturday when the Quakers are at Brown for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Bears.