PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team had little trouble on Tuesday night, outshooting Delaware State 25-1 and defeating the Hornets, 4-0, in a non-conference match at Rhodes Field.
The Quakers improved to 7-3-1 and collected their sixth shutout of the season. It also marked the fourth time Penn reached the four-goal mark in a match this season, the first time that has happened since 2007. DSU fell to 3-9-0.
Freshman Emma Loving got things started quickly on Tuesday. Just 1:43 into the match, she took a pass from Olivia Blaber, made a move to her right, and from outside the box she rocketed a shot that found the upper left corner for a 1-0 lead.
The lead was doubled with just 2:21 left in the period. Freshman Samantha Klingelhofer, making just her second appearance this season as she fights injuries, got her first collegiate tally when she took Kelsey Andrews' short cross from the left side and tucked a left-footed one-timer inside the right post. Tahirih Nesmith also was credited with an assist on the goal.
Sophomore Sasha Stephens made it 3-0 almost exactly at the hour mark. Allie Trzaska sent in a long cross from the right side, and Stephens was at the far post to head it past DSU goalkeeper Michele Lammers.
Junior Kristen Miller closed out the scoring in the final few minutes. She was led on a breakaway by classmate Erica Higa, and exhibited good composure with a clinical finish past an onrushing Lammers.
Penn returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, traveling to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green in a match that will kick off at 7 p.m.