PHILADELPHIA Penn returns to the field on Saturday following a two-week layoff when it hosts Ivy League foe Dartmouth at Franklin Field. Both teams enter the game with identical 2-4 records, including matching 1-1 records in Ivy League play.
This will be the 31st meeting between the Quakers and the Big Green. Penn owns a 17-10-3 advantage in the all-time series. Penn has been dominant lately, winning three of the last four games. The Quakers have also protected home field recently, not allowing Dartmouth to leave Philadelphia with a win since 1999.
Penn enters Saturday’s game on a two-game winning streak. The Quakers rebounded from a 0-4 start to the season to defeat Lafayette in a close 1-0 game. Kara Bolger scored the only goal of the game and goalkeeper Alanna Butera recorded the shutout. Penn defeated Cornell in its last game, 3-2 in overtime. The Quakers twice rallied from one goal deficits to tie the game with less than nine minutes remaining. Kathryn Rose tipped in a Nicole Black shot off a penalty corner seven minutes into the extra period to win the game for Penn.
Dartmouth comes into the game with a three-game losing streak. Opponents have outscored the Big Green 18-4 in those three games.
Head coach Val Cloud hopes that her team can continue to put the offensive pressure on a reeling Dartmouth team.
“We are expecting a typically tough game from Dartmouth,” she said, “We will need to establish our presence on the field early.”
One danger facing the Quakers is rust. It has been fourteen days since Penn last played a game against unfriendly competition. Cloud does not anticipate any issues with her team’s preparedness.
“We have had great intensity throughout the last two weeks of practice,” she said, “We have continued to work on generating scoring chances and in turn defending our own circle. Our scrimmages have been very competitive so I expect us to come out ready to play.”