PHILADELPHIA - It took a little while, but the Penn women's soccer team was able to get past Lehigh Wednesday night, 2-0. The Quakers can now focus on the task at hand, which is two final Ivy League games. The first comes Saturday afternoon, when the Red and Blue host Brown at 5 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
Plenty is at stake for Penn. The Quakers got some help last weekend after taking care of their own business at Yale, and as a result they sit in a first-place tie in the Ivy League standings with Columbia as both teams have 10 points with their 3-1-1 record. Princeton and Harvard sit just one point behind the Quakers and Lions, both with 3-2-0 marks. Following this weekend, Penn finishes the season at Princeton next Saturday.
Around the League: The Ancient Eight reach the season's penultimate weekend with four Saturday kickoffs, a first for this season. Two of the matches will kick off at 4 p.m., with Dartmouth (2-2-1) hosting Harvard (3-2-0) and Cornell (1-3-1) hosting Princeton (3-2-0). Penn and Brown will kick off at 5 p.m., and two hours later Columbia (3-1-1) meets Yale (1-4-0) in New Haven.
The Series with Brown: The Quakers ended a two-year losing streak to the Bears last year with a 1-0 win up in Providence. Prior to that, Brown had won two 1-0 overtime games in a row - in fact, the Bears pinned Penn with its only loss during its 2007 Ivy League championship season. Brown leads the overall series, 9-8-2, although Penn is up 6-3-1 over the last decade.
About Brown: The Bears (7-4-4, 1-2-2) have had some success against the upper half of the Ivy League thus far in 2010 -- they are the tie on Columbia's ledger (0-0), and they knocked off Harvard two weeks ago (2-1). Last weekend, Brown tied Cornell, 0-0. Gina Walker leads Brown with 11 points (4g, 3a), while Mika Siegelman has four goals and one assist. Allison Kagawa (2 assists) was an honorable mention All-Ivy pick a year ago. Maddie Wiener has scored three times. In goal, Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett have basically split the minutes; Bledsoe has a 1.07 goals-against average and 22 saves, while Barrett has a 0.82 GAA and 43 stops.
So Long! Farewell! Auf Wiedersehen! Goodbye!
Saturday's game will mark the last one at home for four seniors: Kaitlin Campbell, Sarah Friedman, Kristin Kaiser and Marisa Schoen. These four have been integral parts of the program from the time they arrived on campus, with all of them playing pivotal roles in the Quakers' Ivy League championship season of 2007 when they were freshmen. Overall, Penn is 39-20-7 during the quartet's tenure; that includes a 15-8-2 mark against Ivy opponents.
*Penn has shut out its last four opponents, and boasts a shutout streak of 408:08 in time; the last time the Quakers shut out four straight opponents was in 1999, when they blanked their last five regular-season opponents.
*The Quakers have eight clean sheets in 2010, the most since the program's 2001 Ivy League championship team had nine shutouts.
*Ten different players have accounted for Penn's 22 goals.
*Freshman Kerry Scalora had Penn's opening goal Wednesday vs. Lehigh; the two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week is the team leader in goals (5) and points (11).
*Junior Ursula Lopez-Palm had the Quakers' second goal Wednesday; she is second on the team with four goals and third with eight points.
*Friedman had Penn's goal at Yale last Saturday; she is the team leader in assists (6) and second in points (10).
*Friedman has 28 career assists, the school record. She became the program's all-time assist leader with her dish on Yankovich's goal October 1 against Cornell, moving ahead of Katy Cross who had 25 from 2001-04.
*Three different Penn players have had two-goal games this season -- Lopez-Palm vs. Harvard, Scalora vs. Navy, and junior Marin McDermott vs. Wagner.
*Sophomore Erin Thayer has started three of the last four matches for Penn, the first starts of her collegiate career.
*Among Ivy League players, Friedman entered the week fourth in overall assists per game (0.43) and 10th in overall points per game (0.71) while Scalora was tied for sixth in overall goals per game (0.31).
*Williams entered the week second among Ivy League players with six shutouts, third in overall goals-against average (0.92), and fourth in overall saves (55).
*Williams was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Sept. 10-12 at the Penn Invitational by the participating coaches.
*Senior defenders Campbell and Schoen were the host team's representatives on the Penn Invitational's all-tournament team. They are two of the team's three captains this fall. (The other is Kaiser.) Campbell -- an honorable mention All-Ivy player in 2009 -- has started 65 of Penn's 66 games during her career, while Schoen has 57 career starts.