PHILADELPHIA - The NCAA announced its 64-team field for the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship Monday afternoon, and unfortunately for the Penn women's team their name did not come up on the board. The Quakers finished second in the Ivy League behind Harvard, but were hoping their 14-2-1 overall record might be good enough to get them an at-large bid. That was not the case.
So the season will close with the women tying a school record for wins, setting a school mark with 13 shutouts, and ending the season on a 10-match unbeaten streak (9-0-1). Penn finished the season leading the nation's 330 NCAA Division I programs in shutout percentage (.765), fourth in goals-against average (0.41), eighth in save percentage (.887) and 10th in win percentage (.853).
The snub was not a complete surprise. Penn entered the weekend ranked 62nd in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and, knowing they most likely needed be somewhere in the 50-55 range, the women were aware that their 3-1 win over Princeton Saturday might not be enough. Nevertheless, it still stings.
"It's really disappointing to not get into the field of 64, but it doesn't take away from the season that we have had," said Head Coach Darren Ambrose. "I am extremely proud of everything that this group of young women have achieved and feel we have moved forward again as a program. There is no doubt that it will serve as motivation for us for next season."