Women's Soccer Blanks Robert Morris, 5-0


PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team used an extremely quick start on Sunday and never let up, defeating winless Robert Morris 5-0 at Rhodes Field.

Penn (1-1-0) was up 3-0 before this match was nine minutes old, thanks to a pair of goals from freshman Emma Loving around a beauty from senior Paige Lombard.

Loving's first goal was a fine introduction for the newcomer. She received a pass from Allie Trzaska along the left wing, turned it in near the top of the box, and from the left side she rocketed a shot over RMU goalkeeper Makenzie Shearson but under the bar at the far post.

Just 1:38 later, Lombard doubled Penn's advantage. Sasha Stephens winged a corner kick in from the right side that Lombard emphatically headed home at the far post.

Merely 1:42 after that, Loving got her brace when she finished a Cami Nwokedi cross from the right side. She beat her defender to the ball at the far post and pushed a shot past Shearson's right.

Freshman Emily Sands got into the act midway through the first half with her first collegiate goal. She had the ball at her feet in the middle of the park, put it on her left foot, and from about 25 yards out hammered a shot that went over Shearson but under the bar.

Junior Erica Higa netted her first collegiate goal early in the second half, re-directing a short pass from Stephens at the near post.

The early goals allowed Penn head coach Nicole Van Dyke to substitute liberally throughout the match on a hot day at Rhodes, and every healthy player on the roster saw time.

Penn returns to action twice next weekend, hosting Lafayette Friday night at 7 p.m. before making its first road trip to Delaware on Sunday.