PHILADELPHIA – After playing at home three times in a six-day span, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team is on the road for its next three matches. The first one takes place this Saturday, as the Quakers make the long trek North to face Ivy League rival Dartmouth at 4:30 p.m. The match is the first half of a doubleheader in Hanover, as the Quakers and Big Green men’s soccer teams follow up at 7 p.m.
Around the Ivy League
All of the Ancient Eight women’s soccer teams are in action on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. when Yale (0-1-2) is at Cornell (1-2-0). Penn and Dartmouth are next to kick off, followed by pair of 7 p.m. kickoffs that feature Harvard (2-0-1) at Brown (0-1-2) and Princeton (2-0-1) at Columbia (1-1-1).
The Series with Dartmouth
The Quakers and the Big Green have met 24 times in women’s soccer. Dartmouth won the first six matches in the series, from 1991-96; since then, the series is even at 8-8-2. Penn won last year’s meeting in Philadelphia, 1-0; in fact, the home team has not lost in this series since 2005.
Under first-year head coach Ron Rainey, the Big Green (3-4-4, 0-0-3) most recently lost a non-conference match at Boston University on Tuesday, 1-0. Dartmouth’s ties in Ivy play have come against Brown, Princeton and Yale. Lucielle Kozlov leads the Green in scoring, with nine points (4g/1a), while Tasha Wilkins has three goals. Corey Delaney -- a first-team All-Ivy player last year as a sophomore -- and Lindsay Knutson have three assists each. In goal, Tatiana Saunders has started a majority of the matches; she has a 0.91 goals-against average and 33 saves. Junior defender Jackie Friedman was second-team All-Ivy last year.
*The Quakers had a two-match win streak snapped on Sunday, as Navy came to the Quakers’ Rhodes Field and emerged with a 2-1 victory.
*In the previous two matches, also at Rhodes Field, Penn won by a 1-0 decision. The Quakers wore their road blues in both matches, and in both cases the goal was scored in the first half by freshman Juliana Provini.
*Provini’s pair of winners last week propelled her to co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Monday. It was the first conference weekly honor for a women’s soccer player this season.
*In last Friday’s win, Jill Kennedy had the assist with a cross from the right side that Provini headed home in Penn’s first Ivy League win of the season, over Columbia.
*Last Monday, Caroline Dwyer -- whose headball off the woodwork fell to Provini’s feet for the goal -- and Erin Mikolai were credited with assists on Provini’s goal in the non-conference win over Loyola (Md.).
*Junior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli has gone the distance in goal for the last five matches and posted both shutouts last week, making only one routine save against Loyola and then three against Columbia.
*Penn lost at Cornell on October 3, 3-2, despite goals by Haley Cooper (her first this season) and Anastasiya Chevtchenko (her second). It was the Quakers’ first loss to the Big Red since the 1996 season; they had gone 17-0-1 in the last 18 meetings.
*Penn allowing three goals to Cornell last Friday was certainly rare. How rare? Consider that in their last nine matches played in the month of October, dating back to 2012, the Quakers had allowed a grand total of one goal (last year against Yale).
*The Red and Blue opened Ivy League play on Sept. 27 with a loss to defending champion Harvard; it marked the Quakers’ first Ivy loss on Rhodes Field since Oct. 8, 2010 (they had gone 11-0-1 in their 12 matches since then).
*Penn is 22-7-4 in its last 33 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*After Cooper and senior Kaitlyn Moore -- who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Delaware -- Penn’s other goalscorers this season have been underclassmen: sophomores Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk, and freshmen Provini, Anna Estep and Kristen Miller.
*Penn has gone overtime three times this season, winning once and tying the other two to continue an impressive run: the Quakers have not lost a match in overtime dating back to the 2008 season, going 7-0-12 in extra time during that span.
*Overall, Penn is 43-14-10 over its last 67 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 67 matches, Penn has almost as many shutouts (39) as goals allowed (48).
*Penn went 12-1-4 last season, setting a program record for fewest losses in a season, and took second place in the Ivy League at 5-1-1, behind only Harvard (7-0-0).
*Penn shut out 12 of its 17 opponents last season, a .706 percentage that was fourth nationally; three years ago, the Quakers led the nation in shutout percentage.
*Penn allowed just eight goals last season, good for a 0.44 goals-against average that was fifth nationally.
*Penn head coach Darren Ambrose is in his 15th season at the helm; he entered the 2014 season 34th among active NCAA Division I coaches in winning percentage (.650) and 39th all-time at the NCAA Division I level.
*Junior defender Caroline Dwyer was a third-team All-America last year, just the second Penn player to be so honored by the NSCAA (Katy Cross was a second-team All-America in 2001).
*That recognition has not gone unnoticed in the preseason, as Dwyer was one of 13 underclass women named to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List. The MAC Hermann Trophy is given to the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate players.
*Dwyer also received plenty of preseason recognition from TopDrawerSoccer, including second-team All-America; 21st on its list of the nation’s top 100 players; and second among the Ivy League’s top 20 players.
*Penn returns two other first-team All-Ivy players from last year besides Dwyer; fellow juniors Terilli and Mikolai. They were listed fifth and 20th, respectively, on TopDrawerSoccer’s preseason Ivy Top 20, while sophomore Tahirih Nesmith was listed 14th. (Only Harvard had more players than Penn’s four on the TDS Top 20, with five.)
*Terilli, a goalkeeper, enjoyed a stint in the United States Under-23 camp this summer. She is a junior at Penn, but has sophomore eligibility after missing her entire freshman campaign to injury.
*Chevtchenko, meanwhile, continued her play with the Russian National Team throughout the summer.
*Seniors Moore, Cooper and Clara Midgley are this year’s captains.