PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team scored twice in the first half, then weathered a strong Lafayette second half to knock off the previously unbeaten Leopards, 2-1, Friday night at Rhodes Field.
Penn (2-1-0) got on the board in the 22nd minute when Olivia Blaber headed home a cross from freshman Emily Sands, tucking it just under the crossbar to the left of Lafayette goalkeeper Danielle Sedillo.
Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Riann Winget doubled the advantage. Sasha Stephens crossed a ball from the left end line, and the senior one-timed a volley from the top of the box that seemed to surprise Sedillo when it slid inside the right post.
Lafayette (3-1-2) pressed the action a bit more in the second half, and was rewarded in the 65th minute when Alex Stanford finished off a nicely played corner kick. Kaelin King and Elizabeth Scoda were credited with assists on the play.
The Leopards then pushed for the equalizer, but Penn kept it together in the back for the victory. Kitty Qu went the entire way in goal for the Quakers and had two stops, including one at point-blank range. Overall, Penn outshot Lafayette 16-5.
Penn makes its first road trip of the season on Sunday, making the short trip south to the University of Delaware. The Quakers and Blue Hens will kick off at noon.