Blaber Leads Women's Soccer Over Army West Point, 2-0


WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team got a goal and an assist from senior Olivia Blaber in defeating Army West Point, 2-0, Monday afternoon.

With the win, the Quakers improved to 9-3-2 overall and finish 7-1-1 in non-conference play in 2016. Army West Point fell to 4-11-1 overall.

Blaber's goal, her fourth of the season, came in the game's 24th minute and gave Penn a lead it wouldn't relinquish. She intercepted an Army West Point pass outside of the Black Knights' goal area, and tucked a shot to the lower left to get the Quakers on the board.

Blaber later played feeder as Cameo Hazlewood made it 2-0 midway through the second half. A long ball found Blaber on the left side; she played it across at the top of the box, where Hazlewood one-timed a left-footed shot that rolled past Army goalkeeper Helen Burleigh's left and inside the post. It was the sophomore's second goal this season.

Penn kept Army West Point at bay all day long, outshooting the Black Knights 10-1 and not allowing them a shot on goal. Freshman Kitty Qu, who entered the match 13th nationally in goals-against average, went the distance as the Quakers posted their second-straight shutout and eighth clean sheet this season.

Penn will close out its season with two Ivy League matches. The first comes Saturday, when the Quakers host Brown at 5 p.m. Just prior to opening kickoff, Head Coach Nicole Van Dyke will honor her departing seniors -- Blaber, Carrie CrookTahirih NesmithPaige LombardLindsey Sawczuk, and Riann Winget -- ahead of their final home match.

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