PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team got back on the winning track last weekend with a pair of shutout victories. The Quakers look to keep the prosperity going on the road this weekend at Columbia and Navy. The Quakers and Lions will kick off Saturday at 3:30 p.m., while the match at Navy is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m.
The Series with Columbia
The Quakers have won the last two meetings with the Lions, pushing them to an 11-8-2 lead in the series. Last year, Penn defeated Columbia 1-0 in Philadelphia behind a Kerry Scalora goal, and two years ago the Red and Blue came home from New York with a 2-0 victory as Kathryn Barth had one of the goals. A competitive series for several years now, no one has won three in a row in the matchup since Penn won three in a row from 1999-2001.
The Lions (6-3-2, 0-1-1) are home for the fourth time in the last five games; they have allowed just two goals at home this season. In Ivy play, Columbia has lost to Cornell (2-0) and tied Brown (0-0). Beverly Leon -- a second-team All-Ivy pick last year -- leads Columbia with 13 points (4g, 5a), while Natalie Melo also has five assists and two goals. Elly McCuffog has three goals and three assists, and Chelsea Ryan also has three goals. In goal, Grace Redmon (1.37 GAA, .810 save percentage) and Allison Spencer (0.54, .875) have seen a majority of the action.
The Series with Navy
The Quakers and the Midshipmen are meeting for the fourth time in women’s soccer, with both teams having one win and the third ending in a draw. The last meeting took place during the 2010 season and ended as a 3-2 Navy win. The only other match at Annapolis was a 0-0 tie that took place during the 2000 season.
The Midshipmen (11-2-0) enter the weekend having won nine matches in a row; they will play Bucknell in a Patriot League match Friday night, before hosting Penn on Monday. Morgan Dankanich leads the Mids with nine goals and 21 points, while Kaylie Davidson has five goals and Cat Macklin has four. Courtney Hook leads Navy with five assists, while Paloma Perez has four. In goal, Elizabeth Hoerner has started all but one match and boasts a 0.54 goals-against average and a .838 save percentage.
*At 6-1-3, Penn is making history. Using the formula of three wins for a tie and one for a tie, the Quakers have 21 of a possible 30 points this season. The only other Penn teams that had 21 points or more at the 10-match mark are 2011 (8-2-0/24 points), 2007 (7-2-1/22), 2001 (8-1-1/25), 1999 (7-2-1/22) and 1997 (7-3-0/21).
*In addition, this is just the second time that Penn has had just one loss at this point in the season, the other being 2001 (8-1-1).
*Penn is 33-10-7 over its last 50 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 50 matches, Penn has nearly as many shutouts (30) as goals allowed (31).
*If Penn wins both of its matches this weekend, it will give the program 200 all-time wins. Head Coach Darren Ambrose has been at the helm for 134 of the 198 victories to date.
*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 10 matches. This is nothing new to the Quakers; two years ago, they led the nation in shutout percentage (13 in 17 matches) and allowed just seven goals all season.
*Never mind keeping teams off the scoresheet; Penn just isn’t giving teams many chances to score. The Quakers have outshot their opponents by a whopping 160-60 so far this season, and Quaker goalies Kalijah Terilli and Katherine Myhre have been called upon just 21 times to make saves (Terilli 13, Myhre 8).
*Kerry Scalora was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday, after scoring the only goal in Penn’s 1-0 Ivy League win over Cornell Friday on a penalty kick. She leads Penn with 11 points and is tied for the team lead in goals (4) and assists (3).
*Scalora enters the weekend with 14 career goals and 12 career assists for 40 career points.
*In Sunday’s 4-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson, Elissa Berdini and Megan York had their second goals of the season while Clara Midgley scored her first this season and sophomore Shannon Hennessy notched her first collegiate tally.
*York also has two assists this season, and is third on the team with six points. She is one of six players with two assists during the campaign.
*At the other end, juniors Haley Cooper and Lauren Hammond were pressed into starting duties at central defender as freshman Tahirih Nesmith -- who also has four goals -- and senior Claire Walker missed both matches due to injuries. For Hammond, the starts were the first of her career.
*On offense, Penn has had 10 different players score its 19 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.
*Not only did Penn win its opening two games on September 6 and 8, the Quakers did so in record fashion. Their combined 8-0 margin of victory was a season best, topping the previous mark of a combined 6-0 margin set by the 1998 squad.
*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 is at home next Saturday, hosting Dartmouth at 5 p.m. in the first half of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at Rhodes Field. The Penn men host Dartmouth afterward, at approximately 7:30 p.m.