PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a gutting, 1-0 overtime loss to Columbia on Saturday night, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team plays its last non-conference home match of the 2016 season. The Quakers host Delaware State on Rhodes Field Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Live Video For Tuesday - ILDN
Tuesday'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 five of the team’s remaining six matches!
Tuesday's match will mark the first meeting between the Quakers and the Hornets in women's soccer.
About Delaware State (3-8-0)
The Hornets are coming off a loss to LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, Kayleigh Leschinski and Braxton Clark have both scored two goals to lead DSU, while four other players have three points apiece. In goal, Michele Lammers has a 2.54 goals-against average and a .711 save percentage.
Lombard Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
On Friday, 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 (6-3-1, 1-2-0 Ivy League)
*Through 10 matches, Penn already has more goals (21) than all of last season (19).
*Penn entered the week ranked 43rd nationally in scoring offense (2.1 GPG) and 30th in scoring defense (0.678 GAG).
*Penn beat Cornell on Sept. 30, 5-0, and followed that up with a 4-0 win at American four days later. Prior to that, the last time the Quakers had back-to-back four-goal games was the start of the 2013 season when they opened with 4-0 win over Saint Peter's and Mount St. Mary's.
*Penn's win at Cornell was the second-largest Ivy League victory in program history, surpassed only by a 6-0 win (also at Cornell) in 2008.
*Penn has scored five goals in two separate matches this year, against Robert Morris and Cornell; the last time the Quakers did that was 2009, when they hit for five against La Salle and Dartmouth.
*Penn enters Tuesday's match having not allowed a goal in the run of play in 917:42 of game action, or the 12th minute of the season opener against Maryland. Since then, the Quakers have given up just five goals -- one on a free kick (Maryland), two on corner kicks (Lafayette and Columbia), and two on penalty kicks (by Harvard and Delaware).
*Penn is 6-2-1 in its last nine 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).
*Sixteen of Penn's 21 goals this season -- and, in fact, 16 of the last 20 -- have come in the first half. Of those 16, 14 have come in the first 26 minutes of the match.
*Last Tuesday at American, Penn led 2-0 after just 2:23 of match action and 3-0 after 6:30; at Cornell, Penn led 3-0 less than 24 minutes into the match and 4-0 at the half.
*Sophomore Sasha Stephens had two goals at American; she has three goals overall and leads Penn in assists (5) and points (11). She enters the week 25th nationally in assists per game (0.50).
*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 102 minutes in the Penn cage this year -- she split halves with Kiera Towell and Carrie Crook against Cornell and American -- has a 0.54 goals-against average and entered the week 22nd nationally in that category.
*Sands, meanwhile, is second on the team in assists (4) and third in points (8).
*Fellow freshman Emma Loving leads Penn in goals (5) and is second in points (10).
*Five freshmen have already started at least two matches this season for Penn -- Loving, Sands, Qu, Abby Reed and Megan Lloyd.
*Senior Olivia Blaber opened Penn's scoring account at Cornell, just 7:12 into the match, and later added an assist. She has seven points this season (3g/1a).
*Junior Erica Higa scored with just 18 seconds left in the first half at Cornell, her second goal this season, while sophomore Cameo Hazlewood netted her first collegiate goal during the second half.
*Penn's other goal scorer at Cornell was sophomore Allie Trzaska, who received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition last year as a freshman; she also had an assist last Tuesday.
*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 26 matches in the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era, Penn has outshot its opponent 22 times.
*Lombard has two goals this season, and also 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), 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: 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.