PHILADELPHIA – After a brief foray out of conference on Tuesday -- a 4-0 win over Delaware State -- the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team gets back into Ivy League action on Saturday. The Quakers make the long trip to Hanover, N.H., to face Dartmouth. Kickoff is set for 7 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 four of the team’s remaining five matches!
Around the Ivy League
All eight teams are in action on Saturday as the League passes the midway point this weekend. Yale (1-1-1) and Cornell (0-2-1) open the day's action at 1 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.; Harvard (2-0-1) is at Brown (2-1-0) for a 3:30 p.m. start; and front-runner Columbia (3-0-0) hosts Princeton (1-1-1) at 7 p.m.
Dartmouth leads overall, 15-8-3, but this is an evenly played series over the last 20 years. Over the last nine meetings, Penn holds a slight 4-3-2 advantage. Last year, these teams drew 1-1 in Philadelphia, the Big Green equalizer coming with just 18 seconds left in regulation.
About Dartmouth (6-5-0, 0-3-0 Ivy League)
The Big Green have yet to score in Ivy play, losing via shutout to Brown, Princeton and Yale. Charlotte Esty is Dartmouth's top scorer, with three goals and eight points, while Meredith Gurnee has scored twice. Remy Borinsky (1g/2a) was second-team All-Ivy last year. Casey Cousineau has played every minute in goal; she has a 0.62 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage.
Lombard Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Last 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 (7-3-1, 1-2-0 Ivy League)
*Penn enters the weekend ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense (2.27 GPG) and 21st in scoring defense (0.618 GAG).
*Through 11 matches, Penn already has more goals (25) than all of last season (19).
*Eighteen of Penn's 25 goals this season -- and, in fact, 18 of the last 24 -- 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.
*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 1007:42 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 7-2-1 in its last 10 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 assists (5) and points (13).
*Junior Kristen Miller and freshman Samantha Klingelhofer notched their first tallies of 2016 on Tuesday night vs. Delaware State.
*Senior defender Tahirih Nesmith opened Penn's scoring last week 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 0.50 goals-against average and enters the weekend 17th nationally in that category.
*Sands, meanwhile, is tied for second on the team in assists (4) and tied for third in points (8).
*Fellow freshman Emma Loving, who has scored in three of the last four 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 (10 starts), Sands (10), Qu (10), Megan Lloyd (6) and Abby Reed (2).
*Senior Olivia Blaber has eight points this season (3g/2a).
*Junior Erica Higa had an assist on Tuesday, giving her five points this season (2g/1a).
*Sophomore Allie Trzaska, who received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition last year as a freshman, is tied for second on the team in assists (4) and has at least a point in three of the last four 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 27 matches in the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era, Penn has outshot its opponent 23 times; the Quakers outshot Delaware State on Tuesday, 25-1.
*Senior Paige 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) 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.