PHILADELPHIA - For a Penn women's soccer team that had lost two games in a row and was coming off a frustrating loss to Columbia last Friday, Wednesday night's match with Wagner provided a welcome tonic.
The Quakers got everything you could want from a midweek non-conference game. They scored lots of goals. They played lots of players. The final score was 4-0. Penn improved to 6-6-0 overall, while Wagner is now 5-9-2.
Despite playing the first half without Sarah Friedman, and rolling through nearly the entire lineup, the Quakers outshot the Seahawks 16-1 and took a 2-0 lead into the break. Penn got on the board just 6:52 into the match when Claire Walker and Theresa Yankovich teamed up outside the box and fed a ball over the Wagner defense. Ursula Lopez-Palm ran onto it and pushed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Jen Emigholz' left inside the far post.
Despite peppering the Wagner goal, it was nearly the entire half before Penn struck a second time. This time Laura Oliver played a short ball across the mouth of the goal from the left side, which Kerry Scalora found. Scalora's first shot was defended, but the ball came back to her and she easily deposited it from in close.
The Red and Blue made Emigholz work in the first half, as she made 10 saves and saw another shot go off the crossbar.
Wagner inserted Katie Marcy in the goal for the second half, but it was more of the same from Penn's point of view. Early on, Lopez-Palm took a shot that rang the post and bounced back to her; that effort was was saved, but the rebound went to Scalora who put another shot on goal that Marcy finally corralled.
Friedman entered the match in the second half, and she set up Penn's third and fourth goals. In the 57th minute, she took pass at the top of the box, beat a defender, then slid a pass between two more to Marin McDermott who turned and fired an easy goal past Marcy. Six minutes later, Friedman received a ball in open space, beat a pair of defenders to the endline and sent a nice pass across the goalmouth that McDermott finished at the far post.
Penn outshot Wagner on the night, 32-4, as Marcy finished with six saves to complement Emigholz's first-half effort. Caroline Williams had two saves in 82 minutes of action, before giving way to Rachel Resek who made one stop in her eight-minute stint.
Penn will return to action Saturday, facing Dartmouth at 7 p.m. in Hanover.