Women's Soccer Arrives in West Virginia, Readies for NCAA Action

Penn Game Notes in PDF Format

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Penn women’s soccer team left a cold and rainy Philadelphia Thursday morning, and after a long bus trip arrived in a colder, rainier and windy Morgantown, W.Va. After checking into the hotel, secluded ina mountainside, the Quakers headed to the West Virginia campus for practice.

The team was treated to a guided tour courtesy of assistant coach Ashley Weimer, a 2005 graduate of WVU and a former soccer player for the Mountaineers. When the bus pulled up to the field, the “Pride of West Virginia” -- the Mountaineer Marching Band -- was there to meet it. Well, truthfully, they were practicing on the neighboring field, but it was no less entertaining.

WVU’s Dick Dlesk Stadium was completed in 2004 and is a beautiful facility witha capacity of 1,600. The surface, however, has taken a beating this season; most recently, it played host to three BIG EAST tournament games last weekend.

The Red and Blue took the field after the West Virginia team, a potential second-round opponent. The winners ofFriday's Penn-James Madison and West Virginia-Navy first-round matches will meet Sunday at 1 p.m.

“I was interested in how the long bus ride would affect the team, but everyone was ready to go” said Head Coach Darren Ambrose. “We got out on the game field, and even though it was quite cold and rainy we got done a lot of what we were hoping to do with the practice.”

The excitement buzzed as the team wrapped up its usual day-before-game day routine. Remember, this is the first trip the NCAA tournament for everyone on the field.

Sophomore Cailly Carroll said, “It is exciting because I’ve always watched the College Cup and now we’re in it. It’s fun. I think there are some nerves, but no more than any other game. And we know we’re ready.”

The match will be the first of the day and is set for 3:30 p.m. Live stats will be available by clicking here.

Download: WSOC NCAA Notes.pdf