PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer program has announced its captains for the 2013 season. Senior Claire Walker will serve in that role for the second straight year, and be joined by classmates Brianna Rano and Kerry Scalora.
"We have a great chemistry among our captains in Claire, Kerry and Brie," said head coach Darren Ambrose, who will enter his 14th season at Penn in 2013. "They are all so committed to the values of the program, and I look forward to working with them as they continue the tradition of great leadership in our program."
Walker started 15 of Penn's 16 matches last year as a junior captain. She scored her first collegiate goal in a win over Temple, and also netted the Quakers' first goal in a 2-1 win at Cornell. Walker enters her senior season with 24 career starts, two goals and six assists for 10 points.
Rano has become one of the most solid defenders in the Ivy League over the last three years, and was rewarded with second-team All-Ivy recognition by the Ancient Eight coaches last year. A starter in every match the last two seasons, she was part of a defense that posted six shutouts and allowed just 16 goals last season. Rano also led Penn in assists (4) and scored a goal for six points. Rano enters the 2013 season having made 33 straight starts; she has two career goals and 11 assists for 15 points.
Scalora came back from a knee injury suffered her sophomore year and led Penn in goals (4) and points (11) last year as a junior, earning first-team All-Ivy in the process. As a freshman in 2010, she was the Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year as well as a second-team All-Ivy selection. Scalora enters her senior season having made 32 starts and recorded 10 goals and nine assists for 29 points.
Penn finished the 2012 season with a 9-6-1 record, and for the third year in a row the Quakers entered their final match with a chance of winning at least a share of the Ivy League title. This year, the women lost to Princeton in that final match, 4-2, and ended up third in the league at 5-2-0. In the last three seasons, Penn has gone a combined 14-4-3 in Ivy play.