Penn Defeats Hofstra, 1-0

Penn-Hofstra Box Score

Princeton-Richmond Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team was able to garner its second shutout in two matches Friday night against Hofstra. Perhaps more importantly, though, the Quakers were not shut out.

Instead, Nicki White converted a cross from the left side from freshman Jess Rothenheber,who sent the cross in aftergetting a nice ball from classmate Michelle Drugan. White's goal with just 3:11 left in the first half proved to be the difference as the Quakers downed the Pride, 1-0, in the second match of the 2006 Penn Women's Soccer Invitational Presented by Holiday Inn City Line.

Penn improved to 1-0-1 overall, while Hofstra saw a three-match win streak go by the boards in falling to 3-2-0.

"I felt like Hofstra toughened us up, they came right after us and made us play physical," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose following the match. "We created chances again tonight, and fortunately we were able to finish one of them."

Penn outshot Hofstra, 14-8, and each team had four corner kicks. Freshman Cailly Carroll collected her second collegiate shutout in two appearances, coming up with five saves behind a defense that held firm against the Pride's attacks down the stretch. At the other end, Hofstra's Krystal Robens had eight stops, the best coming when she shut down Rachel Fletcher on a breakaway late in the second half.

"We are continuing to get better," said Ambrose. "But there are also areas where we can shore things up and improve. We need to come back Sunday and continue to play better."

In Friday's first match, Princeton's Canadian international, Diana Matheson, scored a pair of goals as the Tigers defeated Richmond, 2-0. Matheson's first goal came in the 20th minute when she fired a 25-yard bomb from the right side that sailed over Spider goalkeeper Katy Hudson and into the upper far corner. The second goal came just 1:06 into the second half when Matheson was sprung by Vicki Anagnostopoulos.

Princeton (1-1-0) dominated the match, outshooting Richmond (0-5-0) 24-6 and taking eight corner kicks to the Spiders' one.

The tournament concludes with another doubleheader at Rhodes Field Sunday. Princeton and Hofstra will play the first match, kicking off at noon, while Princeton and Richmond face off at approximately 2:30 p.m.