PRINCETON, N.J. - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team ended the 2016 season with a 1-1 tie at Princeton on Saturday night.
With the tie, Penn finishes the season with a 9-3-4 overall record, and the Quakers finish fourth in the Ivy League standings at 2-2-3. Princeton, which was the defending Ivy League champion entering the season, moved to 10-4-3 overall and 2-3-2 in Ivy play.
The draw also allowed Penn to finish the 2016 season unbeaten in seven road matches (5-0-2), and the Class of 2017 becomes the first in program history to go unbeaten through all four years against the Tigers (2-0-2).
Princeton did not take long getting on the board. Less than nine minutes into the contest, the Tigers scored when Haley Chow -- one of seven seniors honored prior to kickoff -- easily finished a corner kick from Jesse McDonough. Chow beat her defender to the far post and toe-poked the ball home.
Chow nearly made it 2-0 just minutes later on another corner kick, but her header went just wide of the far post.
Instead, Penn freshman Emily Sands knotted things up in spectacular fashion in the 28th minute. Off a Quakers corner kick, she ran toward Sasha Stephens at the corner. Stephens played the ball to her near the top of the box, and Sands beat a defender and then lofted a beautiful left-footed shot inside the upper right corner for her fourth tally of the season.
That ended up being all the scoring on the night, as the Quakers held fast on defense against Princeton's high-octane offense. The Tigers ended up outshooting Penn, 17-6, but goalkeeper Kitty Qu's five saves were mostly of the routine variety.