PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania very nearly got the equalizer Saturday night against Dartmouth, but a long shot went just over the crossbar at the end of regulation which allowed the Big Green to escape Rhodes Field with a 1-0 victory.
The loss snapped a 12-match home winning streak for the Quakers (7-4-2, 1-2-1 Ivy), including seven this season. In all four of Penn’s losses this season, the Red and Blue have been shut out.
"We didn't show enough heart, character and determination,” said Penn coach Darren Ambrose following the match. "We tried to outmuscle them tonight, but we just have to play soccer, and tonight we did not. This match came down to youth and inexperience -- in the second half we showed a little more bite, but it was too little, too late."
Dartmouth (8-3-1, 2-1-0) got its goal in the 24th minute from Colleen Kelly and it held up as the winner, though Penn made a great last-ditch effort. With the seconds counting down in regulation, Tracy Bienenfeld lofted a shot over a beaten Dartmouth keeper that just went over the crossbar as time expired.
The Big Green outshot Penn, 10-6, and took seven corners kicks to the Quakers’ six. Jessica Keeley had one save in the Penn goal; at the other end, Amanda Webb had two stops.
Penn will take a week off before hosting Yale next Saturday. That match is slated for 7:30 p.m. and, like tonight’s match, will be the second half of a Penn men’s/women’s soccer doubleheader.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications