PHILADELPHIA – After a huge win over Dartmouth on Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team sits alone in second place in the Ivy League standings with the second half of the conference season still to play. Before that, though, the Quakers go out of conference one final time on Tuesday night at NJIT. Penn and the Highlanders will kick off at 7 p.m.
The Series with NJIT
This marks the third straight year the Quakers and Highlanders have met, but this is the first one at NJIT. Penn won 8-0 two years ago at Rhodes Field, and 4-0 last year in Philadelphia.
The Highlanders (6-9-0) enter Tuesday’s match with a two-match win streak, both of them coming over South Carolina State, 3-1 and 1-0. They have played two other Ivy League teams this season, losing to Cornell and Columbia. Four guys have scored twice this season: Rebecca Tustin, Kaelyn Gamel, Megan Dellavalle and Abi Fakolujo. Tustin also has three assists. In goal, Samantha Bersett has a 1.87 goals-against average and a .728 save percentage.
*At 9-1-3, Penn is making history. Using the formula of three points for a win and one for a tie, the Quakers have 30 of a possible 39 points this season. The only other Penn teams that had 30 points or more at the 13-match mark were 2011 (11-2-0/33 points), 2007 (10-2-1/31) and 2001 (10-1-2/32).
*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 (10-1-2).
*Penn's .808 win percentage so far this season is 19th nationally.
*Penn is 36-10-7 over its last 53 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 53 matches, Penn has more shutouts (33) than goals allowed (31).
*Penn enters Tuesday’s match with a shutout streak of 531:48, 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, as Old Dominion finally dented the Quakers’ net on September 22, and has allowed just five goals in 13 matches.
*Penn entered the week leading the nation in shutout percentage (10 of 13, .769) and second in goals-against average (0.36) behind only UCLA. 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 scoresheet; Penn just isn’t giving teams many chances to score. The Quakers have outshot their opponents by a whopping 181-92 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).
*Junior Megan York had Penn’s goal against Dartmouth, her third tally this season. She also has two assists for eight points, tied for second on the team.
*Sophomore Erin Mikolai might have been the best player on the field in Saturday’s win, and it was her shot that ended up at York’s feet so Mikolai was credited with an assist. It was her second assist this season, she is tied with six teammates in that category.
*Penn’s win last Monday at Navy was the program’s 200th all-time (after the Dartmouth win, the program’s all-time record is 201-143-39). Head Coach Darren Ambrose has been at the helm for 137 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.
*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 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 returns to Ivy League play on Saturday, hosting 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.