PHILADELPHIA - For the second-straight game, the University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team dominated the first half but had nothing to show for it after 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon at Rhodes Field.
Unlike Saturday's loss at Columbia, however, the Quakers were able to get things going enough in the second half and pull out a 2-0 win over Temple. It was Penn's seventh win this season, and all of them have come at home where the Quakers are 7-0-0 with five shutouts.
Senior Jenna Linden had a pair of sublime assists in the match, feeding Natalie Capuano for the Quakers' first goal in the 53rd minute and chipping a ball onto Carolyn Cross' feet with just 2:54 left in the match. That was enough to give Penn (7-3-2) the victory.
Penn outshot Temple (1-12-0) 13-2 on the day, as Jessica Keeley was forced to make just one routine save in garnering the shutout. The Owls, however, had the first truly great chance of the day early in the second half off a corner kick; Katrina Lynch sent a shot on goal that beat Keeley but was kicked off the goalline by defender Jennifer Price.
Just a few minutes later, Temple keeper Tiffany Kasunich kept the match level with a diving save on Cross' point-blank shot, but the ball came out to Linden, who slid a pass between two Owl defenders and onto the feet of Capuano. Capuano turned in front of the goal and sent a shot past a sprawled Kasunich.
Penn picked up its play again after that, creating several decent scoring chances. However, it was not until late that Linden lofted a chip over several players that met Cross in stride as she raced toward the goal. Cross took a touch, then passed it into the netting.
The Quakers will look to keep their home streak -- which now extends to 12 matches dating back to last season -- intact Saturday night, when they host Dartmouth in an Ivy League match at 7:30 p.m. That match will be preceded by the Penn-Dartmouth men's match at 5 p.m.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications