NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team entered Sunday’s match with Old Dominion having not allowed a goal all season. In fact, the Quakers entered the weekend as the only NCAA Division I program that could boast that.
The winless Monarchs ended that streak, and instead stunned Penn by scoring not once but twice in a 2:04 span toward the latter part of Sunday’s first half. However, the Quakers regrouped, got one of the goals back before the break, then tied it in the second half. That was all they could muster, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Penn remains unbeaten, at 4-0-2, after two ties during this weekend’s trip to Virginia. Old Dominion is now 0-6-1.
ODU pierced Penn’s goal in the 36th minute off a set piece as Jackie Stroud aired it in and Taylor Smith headed it home. It was Smith’s first goal of the season. Just 2:04 after that, the Monarchs doubled their lead when Jessie Klamut beat a pair of defenders, then pushed a shot to the back right side of the goal.
With only seven minutes remaining before halftime, Penn desperately needed some momentum heading into the break. They got it when freshman Lindsey Sawczuk -- playing in her home state of Virginia -- netted her first collegiate goal with just 3:11 left. Haley Cooper got the goal started, finding Megan York who found Sawczuk.
In the second half, Penn knotted the score as the match approached the hour mark. Kerry Scalora scored it off a corner kick, her ball curling in as the goalie was unable to handle it.
Penn outshot ODU 10-1 after the halftime break, including 3-0 in both overtime sessions. However, for the second time in as many matches, the winner would not come. Scalora -- who had a game-high five shots in the match -- hit the crossbar in the first extra period, and sophomore Erin Mikolai had the only shot on target in the second session (it was saved).
Kalijah Terilli was in goal all the way for Penn; she was called upon to make two saves. At the other end, Meredith Lenox had four stops to keep ODU level.
Penn is on the road again for its next match, traveling to Harvard to open the Ivy League portion of its season next Friday against the Crimson. That game will start at 5 p.m. in Cambridge. On Sunday, the Quakers are home to face Lehigh at 2:30 p.m.