PHILADELPHIA - For the 2010 Penn women's soccer program, the 2010 season was certainly a roller coaster ride -- right up to the final whistle.
There was the start of the season -- five straight two-match weekends, allof which ended up assplits. There was the high of the Quakers' 4-3 win over two-time defending Ivy League champion Harvard -- the 100th overall at Penn for head coach Darren Ambrose -- and the low of a 2-1 loss at home to Columbia. There was a road tie at Dartmouth, where both teams had chances to win, and the first win at Yale since 1999.
The ultimate highs came in the final two regular-season weekends, however. A late tying goal and then an overtime winner at home against Brown, followed a week later by a dramatic tie at Princeton that clinched the Quakers' second outright Ivy League title in four years and third overall.
Unfortunately, the final memory came on the field at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. and it wasn't a happy one -- a frustrating 1-0 loss to Big Ten champion Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Championship, a match that the Quakers had as much chance of winning as the Nittany Lions.
Five Penn players received All-Ivy honors in 2010, highlighted by Kaitlin Campbell and Sarah Friedman earning first team -- Friedman was the conference's only unanimous selection -- and freshman Kerry Scalora becoming just the program's second Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Scalora was also a second-team selection, while juniors Marin McDermott and Caroline Williams received honorable mention.
In addition to their Ivy honors, Campbell and Friedman received all-region selections from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and Scalora was honored as the ECAC Rookie of the Year.
Friedman ended her career with 30 assists, becoming the program's all-time leader in that category, and had 48 points which puts her ninth onPenn's all-time list. At the other end, Campbell and fellow senior Marisa Schoen anchored a defense that posted nine shutouts, the most by a Penn team since 2001.