PHILADELPHIA - After seeing its male counterparts play this evening, it looked as if the University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team decided to follow their lead against No. 22 Yale. As a result, the teams played to the same final -- 1-1 after two overtimes.
Like the men earlier in the evening, the Quakers (7-4-3, 1-2-2 Ivy) scored Saturday night's first goal, but saw Yale (11-2-1, 3-0-1) come back with a second-half tally. From there, the teams battled through 20 minutes of overtime but could not settle things in extreme conditions on Rhodes Field.
"I thought it was a fair result," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose after the match. "We had moments when we thought we could sneak another goal, and so did Yale. I thought our kids handled the conditions very well against a very good team.This resultgives us great momentum for the last few games."
Penn got on the board in the first half when Carolyn Cross notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season. She received a pass from Ellen Gregory and took a shot from about eight yards out on an angle that beat Yale keeper Chloe Beizer.
The Bulldogs came to Rhodes Field as winners of 11 in a row, though, and they were not about to go quietly. In the second half, they knotted things when Christina Huanglaunched a free kick that dipped just under the crossbar and into the goal out of the reach of Penn goalie Jessica Keeley.
Keeley finished the match with four saves, whileBeizer and Susan Starrcombined fortwo saves. The Bulldogs outshot the Quakers, 13-6, and took 11 corner kicks to Penn's two.
Penn is back in action Tuesday night, meeting Lafayette in a night game in Easton, Pa.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications