PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team saw its 15-game home winning streak come to an end Friday night, as Marist arrived at Rhodes Field for the first time and showed its hosts little respect.
The Red Foxes gained the upper hand early in the match, then salted it away just past the hour mark in gaining a 2-0 victory over the Quakers. Penn fell to 2-1-0 on the young season with the loss, while Marist improved to 4-2-0.
It was also Penn's first loss on Rhodes Field since a 2-1 loss to Columbia on Oct. 8, 2010. Impressively, all of the Quakers' decision on Rhodes since then had been wins, 15 of them.
Marist gained the early lead when Alyica Cartica got behind the Penn defense. From right in front of the Quaker goal, she had the option to shoot at Sarah Banks or feed her teammate. She chose to feed, and Jackie Frey easily converted the gift to make it 1-0 less than 10 minutes in.
Penn pressed the play as the half progressed, and looked like it might tie late in the stanza when Clara Midgley got an open look from about 20 yards out in front. She pushed the ball off the left post, however, and a Marist defender was able to clear it.
Penn was all over Marist to start the second half, and only goalkeeper Andrea Wicks kept the score from going level. In particular, she made a spectacular save on a re-directed ball by Erin Mikolai that almost snuck inside the near post.
Instead, mere minutes later it was 2-0 when Marist scored on its first opportunity after the break. Off a corner kick, the ball scrambled in the mouth of the Quaker goal before Maria Moreno was able to get enough foot on it to push it over the end line for a goal.
That was more than enough for Wicks and her defense, though Penn kept pushing the play. In the end, the Quakers outshot Marist 12-8 and took 13 corner kicks to the Foxes' four.
Banks finished the game with four saves, including two nice stops late in the game to keep Marist from going ahead by three.
Penn returns to action Sunday, facing neighborhood foe Drexel on the Dragons' Vidas Field at 1 p.m.