BALTIMORE, Md. The Penn women’s soccer team struggled in a midweek match at Loyola Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 3-0 decision that snapped the Quakers’ four-match unbeaten streak.
Penn fell to 4-2-2 with the loss, while the Greyhounds improved to 7-4-0 with its third win in a row.
Loyola -- which outshot the Quakers 10-9 -- got all the scoring it would need with 5:36 when Courtney Arikian scored an unassisted goal. It actually looked like Penn goalkeeper Jessica Keeley had made a save on the play, but she was ruled to be inside the cage, giving Loyola the early edge.
The Greyhounds doubled their lead at 72:56 when Brynn McGrath dribbled down the right side of the field and struck the ball in stride, sailing it over Keeley’s head.
Down by two goals, Penn continued to fight, but with 4:20 left Loyola’s Ali Andrzejewski put the game away by finishing her own rebound.
"I did not think the score was indicative of the game," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose afterward. "It was an end-to-endmatch in the first half, with each team having one good chance and their fair share of possession. Unfortunately, once we fell behind we could not recover, eventhough we had so much of the play in the second half.
"We had a few decent chances, and one header hit the bar," he continued. "We were brilliant between the 18-yard boxes, but lacked some passion and heart around the opposing goal. They took advantage of our mistakes, and we did not capitalize on our chances."
Keeley finished the match with four saves for Penn. At the other end, Jennifer Price was credited with four shots, while Rachel Fletcher had two. Amanda Piccirilli picked up the win and the shutout in goal for the Greyhounds, giving her four clean sheets and a 6-1 mark this season.
Penn gets back into Ivy League play Saturday, playing Cornell in the first half of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at Rhodes Field. The match also will be the first night matches to take place at Rhodes Field, which was recently installed with floodlights. The women will kick off at 5 p.m., followed by the men at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications