Around The League: Penn and Yale will kick off the fifth full weekend of Ivy play, followed at 7 p.m. by Princeton (1-3-0) at Harvard (3-0-1) and Columbia (2-2-0) at Dartmouth (1-3-0). On Sunday, Cornell (0-3-1) will host Brown (2-2-0) in the final match of the weekend.
Penn vs. Yale: The Bulldogs lead the series, 12-5-4, a number that is skewed by the fact that they won the first seven meetings from 1991-97. Since then the series is even, 5-5-4, with the Quakers going 2-1-1 in the last four matchups. Last year, Penn defeated Yale 1-0 in New Haven on the way to the Ivy title. Two years ago, the Bulldogs came to Philadelphia and pinned the Quakers with a 2-1 loss.
About Yale: The Bulldogs (7-4-2, 3-1-0) defeated Cornell 2-1 in overtime last Saturday to keep pace with Penn in the Ivy standings. Enma Mullo had both goals, both off free kicks. She leads Yale with 16 points (6g, 4a), followed closely by freshman Melissa Gavin who has 13 points (5g, 3a). Junior Kristen Forster, the 2009 Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-Ivy pick last year, has three goals and eight points. In goal, Elise Wilcox has started 11 matches and boasts a 1.14 goals-against average and a .733 save percentage.
*Penn is tied for fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
*Penn entered the week ranked third nationally in shutout percentage (.769), 10th in goals-against average (0.46), 11th in win percentage (.846), and 24th in scoring offense (2.38 goals per game).
*Depending on how you look at it, you can argue that Penn's 11-2-0 start is the best in program history. The 2001 team was 10-1-2 through 13 matches, so they had fewer losses. However, if you count wins as three points and ties as one, as the Ivy League does, the 33 points racked up by this year's team trumps the 32 accumulated by the 2001 squad at this point. (The 2007 team was 10-2-1 after 13 matches, on the way to an Ivy League title.)
*At 11-2-0, 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 has won 11 or more games just five other times in program history: 1997 (14 wins), 1998 (11), 1999 (13), 2001 (13), and 2007 (13).
*Penn has won six matches in a row, tying a program record set two other times (2001, 2007).
*Penn has scored 31 goals, which is already the seventh-best offensive output in program history with four games still to play.
*Penn has ten shutouts this season, which is one shy of the school record set in 1997. The 1998 and 1999 teams are the only other ones to reach double figures in shutouts.
*Penn has allowed six goals so far this season. The school record for fewest goals allowed is 13, set in 18 matches by the 2001 squad.
*Penn has won 11 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 eight home matches this season (Sept. 30 against Cornell).
*Ten different players have scored Penn's 31 goals this season (six have more than one goal), and 14 different players have a point.
*Sophomore Kathryn Barth had both goals in Penn's 2-0 win against Dartmouth last Saturday. Prior to that, she had a goal and three assists in only one half of play against NJIT on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, she received a host of awards this week including Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Week as well as a spot on Soccer America's National Team of the Week.
*Barth now leads Penn in assists (5) and points (17). In fact, six of Penn's top seven scorers are freshmen or sophomores.
*Penn's 8-0 win over NJIT last 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.
*In addition to Barth, classmate Laura Oliver also had three assists vs. NJIT, 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.
*Senior forward McDermott -- who was the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 5 -- has 21 career goals, which puts her alone in sixth place all-time at Penn.
*McDermott also has 51 career points, which is seventh on Penn's all-time list in that category.
*Freshman Megan York 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 fourth on the team with nine points (4g, 1a).
*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 shut out its first 11 opponents before finally gave up a goal.
*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.
*In goal, junior Sarah Banks has started all 13 matches this season. She has gone the distance in five of the last seven outings, and has a 0.54 GAA (14th nationally) and an .828 save percentage (59th nationally).
*Senior Caroline Williams and freshman Katherine Myhre saw time last Wednesday 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.