Women's Soccer Hosts Dartmouth Saturday
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team hits the midway point of the Ivy League campaign this Saturday, hosting Dartmouth at 5 p.m. in the first half of a doubleheader at Rhodes Field. The Quakers are looking to stay in the hunt for their third championship in five seasons and extend a couple of lengthy winning streaks.
Around The League: Five teams are within a point of the Ivy League lead heading into the fourth full weekend of action. Things may shake out a little further on Saturday, as all four matches take place that day. The Quakers and the Big Green close out the day. They are preceded by Brown (2-1-0) at Harvard (2-0-1) at 1 p.m.; Cornell (0-2-1) at Yale (2-1-0) at 3:30 p.m.; and Columbia (2-1-0) at Princeton (0-3-0) at 4 p.m.
Penn vs. Dartmouth: The Big Green leads the series, 13-6-2, but that is bolstered by the fact that they won the first six meetings from 1991-96. Penn is up 2-1-1 in the last four meetings; the tie came last year, 0-0 in Hanover. The Quakers have won the last two meetings here in Philadelphia, 5-1 in 2009 and 2-1 in 2007.
About Dartmouth: The Big Green (3-8-0, 1-2-0) has lost to Yale (4-1) and Brown (1-0 OT) this year while defeating Princeton (1-0) in Ivy play. Dartmouth's other wins came over Maine and Vermont. Tasha Wilkins is the team's only multi-goal scorer; she has two. Four other players have scored once. In goal, Tatiana Saunders has started seven matches (1.59 GAA, .732 save percentage) while Colleen Hogan has started four (1.21, .643). Dartmouth has two second-team All-Ivy players from last year in the lineup, junior Aurelia Solomon and sophomore Chrissy Lozier.
*At 10-2-0, Penn has reached double figures in the win column for the third time in five seasons and the eighth time in program history (since 1991).
*Penn is ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) behind Dayton, William & Mary, and La Salle.
*Penn has nine shutouts this season. Last year, the Quakers had nine. Prior to that, the last time a Penn team had nine clean sheets was 2001. The school record of 11 shutouts was set in 1997.
*Penn has won ten games in a row at Rhodes Field dating back to last season, the Quakers' longest home winning streak since they won 12 in a row bridging the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
*In addition, Penn has allowed just one goal in seven home matches this season (Sept. 30 against Cornell).
*Penn's 8-0 win over NJIT on Wednesday was its biggest victory since Oct. 13, 1998 (a 9-0 win over Delaware) and marked just the third time in program history the Quakers have scored at least eight goals in a match.
*Sophomores Kathryn Barth and Laura Oliver both had three assists in the win, the first time two different players have had three assists in the same game. In fact, prior to Wednesday, it had happened only six times in program history, the most recent being by Sarah Friedman against Saint Joseph's in 2007.
*Penn's 2-0 win at Columbia lsat Friday was its first over the Lions since 2007, and its first shutout of the Lions since 2004. Barth and senior Theresa Yankovich had the Quakers' goals.
*Penn entered the week ranked fifth nationally in shutout percentage (.727), 14th in goals-against average (0.55), and 19th in win percentage (.818). All of those numbers improved in the NJIT win.
*Penn was the second-to-last team in NCAA Division I women's soccer to give up a goal this season. The last team to do so was another Philadelphia squad -- La Salle finally gave up a goal on Friday after shutting out its first 11 opponents.
*Penn's defense has recently been anchored by a back four of seniors Adrienne Lerner and Colleen Barry, junior Erin Thayer, and sophomore Brianna Rano. Junior Alex Dayneka has also been a catalyst despite some injuries, as have sophomore Claire Walker and freshman Kaitlyn Moore.
*Ten different players have scored Penn's 29 goals this season (six have more than one goal), and 14 different players have a point.
*Senior forward McDermott -- who was the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 5 -- has a team-high seven goals and 16 points.
*McDermott has 21 career goals, which puts her alone in sixth place all-time at Penn. Her two goals on Wednesday night pushed her past Kellianne Toland (1998-2001) and Carolyn Cross (2002-05).
*McDermott also has 51 career points, which is seventh on Penn's all-time list in that category.
*York, a freshman, had two goals and an assist against Saint Francis (Pa.) and was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Oct. 3. She is second on the team with nine points (4g, 1a).
*In goal, junior Sarah Banks has started all 12 matches this season. She has gone the distance in four of the last five outings, and has a 0.61 GAA and an .828 save percentage after making three stops Friday at Columbia.
*Senior Caroline Williams and freshman Katherine Myhre also saw time Wednesday night against NJIT. For Williams (34 minutes), it was her first action since Sept. 18 at George Mason; for Myhre (11 minutes), it was her collegiate debut.
*Penn has won two of the last four Ivy League titles; last year, the Quakers went 4-1-2 in Ivy play and narrowly edged Princeton for the championship.
*Overall, Penn went 9-7-2 last year including its NCAA Championship first-round loss to Penn State. The Quakers have never had a losing record under 12th-year head coach Darren Ambrose.