NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn women's soccer team scored just before intermission and withstood Yale's attack in the second half to earn a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in New Haven.
Senior Sarah Friedman scored on the Quakers' fifth shot of the first half and the defense did the rest, stopping three second-half shots and shutting down both of Yale's corner attempts as Penn improved to 7-6-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Ivy play. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-4 in the Ancient Eight and 6-8-1 overall.
The news got even better as Saturday night progressed and the women's team was on the bus home to Philadelphia. Princeton fell to Harvard, 4-0, while Columbia fell at home to Dartmouth, 2-1. Those two decisions left Penn in a tie for first place with the Lions, at 3-1-1, while the Tigers fell behind both and dropped to third with the Crimson at 3-2-0.
Columbia will finish the Ivy League campaign with a pair of road games, next week at Yale before going to Harvard in two weeks. Penn, meanwhile, will host Brown next Saturday before going to Princeton Nov. 6 to close out the season.
On the Red and Blue's lone goal, Friedman had the ball on the right wing made a move and fired the lefty shot which went off the far post before finding the back of the net at the 42:23 mark of the first half. It was Friedman's second goal this season and moved her into the team scoring lead with 10 points.
In the second Penn got just two shots on goal to Yale's three, but the back line held strong and Caroline Williams was only forced to make one save as the Quakers recorded their seventh shutout of the season and their third in a row.
Before next weekend's game with Brown, Penn will host Lehigh Wednesday night at 5 p.m. in the first half of a women's/men's doubleheader at Rhodes Field. The men will meet Penn State at 7:30 p.m.