PHILADELPHIA – Following a season-opening loss to traditional Big Ten power Maryland last Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team gets back into action this Sunday by hosting Robert Morris University on Rhodes Field at 3 p.m.
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Sunday’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 13 of the team’s 16 matches overall this fall!
The Quakers and the Colonials played three straight seasons from 2006-08, with Penn winning all three matches in relatively easy fashion (6-0 in 2006, 4-1 in 2007, 3-0 in 2008). This is Robert Morris’ third trip to Rhodes Field; the Quakers’ only trip to Moon Township came in 2008.
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The Colonials come to Rhodes Field still looking for their first win of the season, losing four times and scoring just once to date. Theresa Laux had RMU’s goal in a 3-1 loss to Central Michigan, with the assist going to Kristina Kelley. At the other end, Pitt transfer Makenzie Shearson has played in all four matches and boasts a 1.67 goals-against average, while Serena Donmoyer has a 3.00 GAA in two appearances totaling 90 minutes.
*Second-year head coach Nicole Van Dyke recently announced Olivia Blaber, Paige Lombard and Darby Mason as captains for the 2016 season.
*Blaber was Penn’s goal scorer last Sunday in the 3-1, season-opening loss to Maryland; it was her third collegiate goal, she also had one as a sophomore and one last year as a junior.
*Last Sunday’s loss was perhaps an unjust result; 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).
*Four freshmen saw significant time in last Sunday’s opener -- Abby Reed, Emily Sands, Emma Loving, and goalkeeper Kitty Qu -- and all were impressive in their debuts.
*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, 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), sophomore Allie Trzaska (2) -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year as a freshman -- and junior Lauren Petite (2).