PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team remains firmly in the Ivy League championship hunt as the conference hits its midpoint this weekend. The Quakers host one of the Ivy’s preseason favorites, Dartmouth, in a key matchup Saturday night at 5 p.m. The match is the first half of a doubleheader at Rhodes Field, as the Penn men host Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m.
Around the Ivies This Weekend
Saturday could see quite a shakeup in the standings, as the top four teams face each other and the bottom four do the same. Harvard (3-0-0) and Brown (2-0-1) will determine who is atop the table at the end of the day with their 4 p.m. meeting in Cambridge. Among the bottom half, Columbia (0-2-1) is at Princeton (0-3-0) at 1:30 p.m. while Cornell (1-2-0) is at Yale (1-2-0) at 6:30 p.m.
The Series with Dartmouth
The Big Green leads the Quakers, 14-7-2, but that record is bolstered by wins in the first six matchups, from 1991-96. In the last six matchups, Penn holds a 3-2-1 advantage with all three wins during that span coming at Rhodes Field. Last year, the Quakers fell 2-1 up in Hanover. Two years ago, the Red and Blue defeated Dartmouth, 2-0.
The Big Green (5-4-3, 2-1-0 Ivy) is unbeaten in its last four matches, including Ivy League wins over Princeton and Yale after opening conference play with a loss to Brown. Emma Brush, a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, leads Dartmouth in scoring with six goals and 14 points. Corey Delaney, who was last year’s unanimous pick as Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and Lucielle Kozlov have three goals apiece. Jackie Friedman leads the Green with four assists. Chrissy Lozier (1g, 2a) was a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, while Kim Rose was second-team All-Ivy. In goal, Tatiana Saunders has a 0.91 goals-against average and an .828 save percentage.
*At 8-1-3, Penn is making history. Using the formula of three points for a win and one for a tie, the Quakers have 27 of a possible 36 points this season. The only other Penn teams with 27 points or more at the 12-match mark were 2011 (10-2-0/30 points), 2007 (9-2-1/28) and 2001 (10-1-1/31).
*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 (10-1-1).
*Penn is 35-10-7 over its last 52 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 52 matches, Penn has more shutouts (32) than goals allowed (31).
*Penn’s win Monday at Navy was the program’s 200th all-time (the program’s all-time record is 200-143-39). Head Coach Darren Ambrose has been at the helm for 136 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.
*After last Saturday’s win at Columbia, Penn has credit for three goals in Ivy play this season -- two on opposition own goals, and the third on a penalty kick.
*Penn is 18-5-3 in its last 26 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 9-0-0 on Rhodes Field against Ivy opposition.
*Penn enters Saturday’s match with a shutout streak of 441:48, dating back to a 1-1 tie with Lehigh on Sept. 29.
*Penn enters the weekend tied for second nationally in shutout percentage (.750) and third in goals-against average (0.39).
*Penn was the last team in NCAA Division I to allow a goal this season, as Old Dominion finally dented the Quakers’ net on September 22, and has allowed just five goals in 12 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 175-82 so far this season, and Quaker goalies Kalijah Terilli and Katherine Myhre have been called upon just 27 times to make saves (Terilli 19, Myhre 8).
*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 weekend with 15 career goals and 12 career assists for 42 career points.
*In Penn’s 4-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on October 6, 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.
*On offense, Penn has had 10 different players score its 21 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 returns two women who earned All-Ivy honors last year, seniors Scalora (first-team forward) and Brianna Rano (second-team defender). Scalora was also the 2010 Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year.
*Senior Kathryn Barth, meanwhile, was a second-team All-Ivy and second-team NSCAA all-region selection two years ago, as a sophomore.
Penn has one final non-conference game this Tuesday at NJIT, then returns to Ivy play next Saturday when the Quakers host Yale at 5 p.m. That game will be the first half of a doubleheader at Rhodes Field, as the men host the Bulldogs at approximately 7:30 p.m.