Women's Soccer Hosts Lafayette Friday, Travels to Delaware Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – After opening the season with a pair of one-match weekends, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team is in action twice this weekend. The Quakers host Lafayette Friday night at 7 p.m., and follow that up with their first road trip of the season Sunday to the University of Delaware.

Ivy League Digital Network
Friday’s match will be televised live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). This is a pay service, register for the entire season here! With the ILDN, you will be able to watch all of Penn’s home matches, as well as their Ivy League road contests. That adds up to 11 of the team’s 14 remaining matches this season!

Friday is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night
The Penn women will wear yellow shoelaces and yellow headbands during Friday's game with Lafayette to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Click here to support the team in their efforts!

The Lafayette Series
Given the relative proximity of these two programs, it might surprise you to learn that the Quakers and Leopards have not met since 2006 (a 3-0 Penn win). Penn holds a 6-3 lead in the overall series.

About Lafayette
The Leopards (3-0-2) are off to a fast start, most recently a 1-1 draw with NJIT. Melissa Lynskey has driven the offense, with six goals, with four other women scoring once each. At the other end, Danielle Sedillo has started every match in goal and has a 0.61 goals-against average.

The Delaware Series
The Quakers hold a 7-6 lead over the Blue Hens, thanks to wins in the two most recent matches (2-0 in 2011, 1-0 in 2014). Prior to that 2011 game, Penn and Delaware had not met since 2002.

About Delaware
The Blue Hens (1-5-0) have struggled with a daunting early-season schedule, including a 2-1 overtime loss to defending Ivy champion Princeton last weekend. Dani Kabat has two goals, while three other women have scored once. Kailyn Rekos has played every minute in goal, and has a 2.08 goals-against average. 

About Penn
*The Quakers scored three times in the first nine minutes last Sunday to roll to a 5-0 win over Robert Morris at Rhodes Field; that offset a season-opening, 3-1 loss to Maryland.

*Freshman Emma Loving had two of those first three goals last Sunday, while senior Paige Lombard, junior Erica Higa and freshman Emily Sands also scored.

*For Loving, Higa and Sands it marked their first collegiate goals.

*Four freshmen made their first collegiate starts last Sunday -- Loving, Sands, Abby Reed and goalkeeper Kitty Qu

*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 18 matches in the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era, Penn has outshot its opponent 15 times.

*Senior Olivia Blaber had the Quakers' goal against the Terps, the third of her career.

*Lombard figures to anchor a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 16 matches last season and posted seven shutouts. A transfer from the University of Miami, she 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), sophomore Allie Trzaska (2) -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year as a freshman -- and junior Lauren Petite (2).

*Blaber, Lombard and junior Darby Mason are captains for the 2016 season.