Women's Soccer Takes Final Road Trip to Yale (Sat), Army West Point (Mon)


PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team remains in Ivy play this Saturday at Yale. Kickoff with the Bulldogs is set for 4 p.m. Following that, the Red and Blue remain on the road and close out the non-conference portion of their season with a Monday matinee at Army West Point. That kick will take place at 5 p.m.

Live Video For Saturday - ILDN
Saturday's match will be televised live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). This is a pay service, register for the rest of the 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 three of the team’s remaining four matches!

Around the Ivy League
Once again, all eight teams are in action on Saturday. Harvard (2-0-2) and Princeton (1-2-1) start the day at 1 p.m. in New Jersey. Cornell (1-2-1) is at Brown (2-1-1) for a 2:30 kickoff. At the same time Penn and Yale are kicking off, Ivy leader Columbia (4-0-0) will kick off as host to Dartmouth (0-3-1).

The Yale Series
Yale leads overall, 12-8-6, but Penn is 4-0-2 over the last six meetings and has lost to the Bulldogs just once since 2005 (a 2-1 decision in 2009). Last year, the Quakers earned a 2-1 win in Philadelphia. Prior to that, these teams tied 1-1 in both 2013 and 2014.

About Yale (5-5-3, 1-2-1)
The youthful Bulldogs tied Princeton (1-1) and beat Dartmouth (1-0); last Saturday, they lost to Cornell despite outshooting the Big Red, 24-6. Yale is led by freshman Aerial Chavarin, who has nine goals and 21 points this season. Sofia Griff -- a second-team All-Ivy pick last year as a freshman -- has three goals, along with Michelle Alozie and Sarah McCauley. In goal, Alyssa Fagel has played in every match and holds a 1.34 goals-against average. Jane Buckley (1.27 GAA) has seen time in nine matches.

The Army West Point Series
The Quakers and Black Knights have each won once in the series; Penn's win came in 2009, 1-0, in Philadelphia, while Army earned a 1-0 decision at West Point a year later.

Lombard Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Senior defender Paige Lombard was named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award in women’s soccer. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

About Penn (7-3-2, 1-2-1 Ivy League) 
*Penn enters the weekend ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense (2.17 GPG) and 22nd in scoring defense (0.64 GAG).

*Through 12 matches, Penn already has more goals (26) than all of last season (19).

*Eighteen of Penn's 26 goals this season -- and, in fact, 18 of the last 25 -- have come in the first half. Of those 18, 15 have come in the first 26 minutes of the match and eight have come in the first 10 minutes.

*Lombard had Penn's goal last Saturday at Dartmouth, her third of the season and sixth in two years at Penn.

*Penn beat Cornell on Sept. 30, 5-0, the second-largest Ivy League victory in program history (surpassed only by a 6-0 win at Cornell in 2008).

*Penn has scored four or more goals four times this season (5 vs. Robert Morris and Cornell, 4 vs. American and Delaware State); the last time that happened was 2007. The last time Penn had two five-goal games in one season was 2009.

*At the other end of the field, Penn enters Saturday's match having not allowed a goal in the run of play in 1117:42 of game action, or the 12th minute of the season opener against Maryland. Since then, the Quakers have given up just six goals -- one on a free kick (Maryland), two on corner kicks (Lafayette and Columbia), and three on penalty kicks (by Dartmouth, Harvard and Delaware).

*Penn is 7-2-2 in its last 11 matches; 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).

*Sophomore Sasha Stephens has four goals overall and leads Penn in points (13). Her five assists are tied for the team lead.

*Junior Kristen Miller and freshman Samantha Klingelhofer notched their first tallies of 2016 last Tuesday vs. Delaware State.

*Senior Tahirih Nesmith opened Penn's scoring at American; it was her fifth collegiate goal but her first since September 29, 2013 -- her freshman season.

*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 119 minutes in the Penn cage this year, has a 0.53 goals-against average and enters the weekend 20th nationally in that category.

*Sands, meanwhile, is tied for the team lead in assists (5) and third in points (9).

*Fellow freshman Emma Loving, who has scored in three of the last five matches, leads Penn in goals (6) and is second in points (12).

*Five freshmen have already started at least two matches this season for Penn -- Loving (11 starts), Sands (11), Qu (11), Megan Lloyd (7) and Abby Reed (2). 

*Senior Olivia Blaber has eight points this season (3g/2a).

*Junior Erica Higa had an assist against Delaware State, giving her five points this season (2g/1a).

*Sophomore Allie Trzaska, who received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition last year as a freshman, is second on the team in assists (4) and has at least a point in three of the last five matches.

*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 28 matches in the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era, Penn has outshot its opponent 24 time. The Quakers outshot Dartmouth last Saturday, 16-7.

*Lombard 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 Nesmith (14 appearances last year) and sophomores Romie Boyd (16 starts) and 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: 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.

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