PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off an emphatic Ivy League win Friday at Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team makes a brief foray out of conference play Tuesday night with a trip to American University. The Quakers will kick off with the Eagles at 3 p.m.
The Quakers lead the Eagles, 5-2-0, including a 5-0 win last year in Philadelphia. Prior to that, these teams last met during the 2000 season. American's most recent win came the last times these teams played in Washington, D.C.; that was in 1995.
The Eagles (1-11-1) tied Loyola (Md.) and lost to Lafayette in their most recent Patriot League matches. Yari Bradfield and Alexandra Taylor lead AU with two goals each, while three other players have three points (1g/1a). In goal, Morgan Lang has played a majority of the minutes and has a 2.47 GAA.
*Penn beat Cornell on Friday, 5-0; it was the second-largest Ivy League win in program history, surpassed only by a 6-0 win (also at Cornell) in 2008.
*Penn (5-2-1, 1-1-0 Ivy League) enters Tuesday's match having given up just two goals -- both of them penalty kicks -- over the last 495:21 of game action, dating back to a 2-1 win over Lafayette on September 9.
*Taking it a step further, Penn hasn't allowed a goal in the run of play in 728:33 of game action, or the 12th minute of the season opener against Maryland. Besides the two PKs (by Harvard and Delaware), Lafayette's goal came via a corner kick.
*Penn is 5-1-1 in its last seven; the Quakers' four-match win streak from September 4-16 was the program's longest since 2013, when they had a six-game win streak from October 4-22 (not allowing a goal that entire time).
*Thirteen of Penn's 17 goals this season -- and, in fact, 13 of the last 16 -- have come in the first half. Of those 13, 11 have come in the first 26 minutes of the match.
*On Friday, Penn led 3-0 less than 24 minutes into the match and 4-0 at the half.
*Penn has had two Ivy League Rookies of the Week, as midfielder Emily Sands won it on September 12 and goalkeeper Kitty Qu earned the honor on September 19.
*Qu, who has played all but 57 minutes in the Penn cage this year -- she split halves with Kiera Towell Friday at Cornell -- has a 0.53 goals-against average and entered the week 18th nationally in that category.
*Sands, meanwhile, is tied for second on the team with seven points (2g/3a).
*Fellow freshman Emma Loving, who scored on Friday, leads Penn in goals (4) and points (8).
*Five freshmen have already started at least one match this season for Penn -- Loving, Sands, Qu, Abby Reed and Megan Lloyd.
*Senior Olivia Blaber opened Penn's scoring account on Friday, just 7:12 into the match, and later added an assist. She has seven points this season (3g/1a).
*Junior Erica Higa scored with just 18 seconds left in the first half on Friday, her second goal this season, while sophomore Cameo Hazlewood netted her first collegiate goal during the second half.
*Penn's other goal scorer on Friday was sophomore Allie Trzaska, who received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition last year as a freshman.
*Penn's loss to Maryland was perhaps unjust; after allowing the Terrapins a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes, Penn ended up outshooting its opponent 12-5 in the match (9-1 in the second half).
*Through 24 matches in the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era, Penn has outshot its opponent 20 times.
*Senior Paige Lombard has two goals each this season, and also anchors a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 16 matches last season and posted seven shutouts. A transfer from the University of Miami, Lombard missed the 2014 season to a knee injury but earned All-ECAC, first-team All-Ivy, and third-team NSCAA All-Region a year ago.
*The defense also returns a trio of women who saw significant time last season in senior Tahirih Nesmith (14 appearances last year), sophomore Romie Boyd (16 starts), and sophomore Cami Nwokedi (6 starts, 12 appearances).
*Penn returns seven women who scored a goal last year, including all four who found the back of the net more than once: sophomore Sasha Stephens (4 goals in 2015), Lombard (3), Trzaska (2), and junior Lauren Petite (2).
*Blaber, Lombard and Darby Mason -- who suffered a season-ending injury in the opener vs. Maryland -- are the captains for the 2016 season.