Women's Soccer Beaten by Columbia, 2-1

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team was able to draw level with Columbia once on Friday, but could not do it a second time and took a 2-1 loss to the Lions Friday night at Rhodes Field. Columbia remains unbeaten in Ivy League play at 2-0-1 and are 7-2-2 overall, while the Quakers fell to 2-1-0 in the Ivies (5-6-0).

Columbia has been dangerous on set pieces all season, and that was the case again Friday. The Lions took the lead at exactly the 27-minute mark off a corner kick, as Kelly Hostetler whipped it in and Beverly Leon headed it on goal. Penn goalkeeper Caroline Williams made the save, but Liz Wicks pushed the rebound to Ashlin Yahr who belted it into the goal.

Penn got the goal back about six minutes later on a superb shot by Colleen Barry. The junior received a ball from Laura Oliver about 25 yards out and fired a shot that went past Columbia goalkeeper Lillian Klein's left and inside the far post.

However, just before the halftime whistle Columbia got a goal that Penn could not overcome. Yahr was again the goalscorer, this time finishing a ball that was played across from the right side by Marissa Schultz.

Penn held the advantage in shots in both halves, and outshot the Lions 17-14 in an entertaining affair. The Quakers also had the best scoringchance in the second half, when Kristin Kaiser headed a cross that beat Klein but ricocheted off the crossbar. In the end, Williams finished with six saves -- including two spectacular stops in the first half -- while Klein had two.

Penn returns to action Wednesday night, hosting Wagner at 7 p.m. on Rhodes Field.

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