Women's Soccer Finishes Non-Conference Season Wednesday
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team has two big Ivy League matches still ahead, but before that the Quakers have some non-conference business to attend to. The Red and Blue will travel to Lehigh for a Wednesday night contest with the Mountain Hawks. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Penn vs. Lehigh: The Quakers lead the series, 11-1, including a 2-0 win last year at Rhodes Field behind second-half goals from Kerry Scalora and Ursula Lopez-Palm. That was the first meeting between the programs since 2004. Lehigh's only win in the series came in 1992, Penn's second year as a varsity program.
About Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks (6-8-2) have had some hard luck lately, going 0-3-1 in their last four matches with all the losses coming by a goal. The flip side of that is that prior to this recent skid Lehigh had won three in a row by a goal. Murphee Greeley leads the Hawks with nine points (4g, 1a) while Leah Kulp, Genna Pepe and Isabelle Li all have two goals. At the other end, Ashley Blanks has started 14 matches; she boasts a 1.05 goals-against average and a .808 save percentage.
*Penn entered the week ranked second nationally in shutout percentage (.786), behind only La Salle (.813). The Quakers were also eighth in goals-against average (0.43), 10th in win percentage (.857), and 24th in scoring offense (2.36 goals per game).
*Depending on how you look at it, you can argue that Penn's 12-2-0 start is the best in program history. The 2001 team was 10-1-3 through 14 matches, so they had fewer losses. However, if you count wins as three points and ties as one, as the Ivy League does, the 36 points racked up by this year's team trumps the 33 accumulated by the 2001 squad at this point. (The 2007 team was 11-2-1 after 14 matches, on the way to an Ivy League title.)
*At 12-2-0, 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 12 or more games just four other times in program history: 1997 (14 wins), 1999 (13), 2001 (13), and 2007 (13).
*Penn has won seven matches in a row, a program record. The previous record of six was set in both 2001 and 2007.
*With three regular-season games still left to play, Penn has scored 33 goals which is tied for the sixth-best offensive output in program history with the 2008 team.
*Penn has 11 shutouts this season, which ties the program record set in 1997. The 1998 and 1999 teams are the only other ones to reach double figures in clean sheets (10 each).
*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 12 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 nine home matches this season (Sept. 30 against Cornell).
*Ten different players have scored Penn's 33 goals this season (six have more than one goal), and 14 different players have a point.
*Sophomore Kathryn Barth figured in both goals Saturday against Yale, assisting the first and scoring the second. She has a five-match point-scoring streak, with five goals and five assists in that stretch, and she has figured in each of Penn's last four goals.
*After scoring three goals and assisting three others in two matches the week of Oct. 10, Barth received a host of awards including Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Week as well as a spot on Soccer America's National Team of the Week.
*Barth leads Penn in assists (6) and points (20), and is tied with senior Marin McDermott for the team lead in goals (7).
*Penn's 8-0 win over NJIT on Oct. 12 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 the NJIT win, Midgley scored a hat trick, the 14th in program history and the first since Jessica Fuccello had three goals against Dartmouth on Oct. 17, 2009.
*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 the match with the Highlanders, 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.
*York had two goals and an assist against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 2 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 this season before finally giving 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 14 matches this season. She has gone the distance in six of the last eight outings, and has a 0.49 GAA (10th nationally) and an .848 save percentage (31st nationally).
*Senior Caroline Williams and freshman Katherine Myhre saw time 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.