PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team was victimized twice by last year’s Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, Harvard’s Midge Purce, and she played a major role as the Quakers lost to the Crimson Saturday night, 3-0. The match was the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Purce scored two goals -- one almost by accident, the other a great example of her skill. They sandwiched a gorgeous goal by Emily Mosbacher as the defending Ivy champions became the first Ancient Eight team to walk off Penn’s Rhodes Field with a win since Columbia back in 2010.
Midge’s first goal came in the 55th minutes and was a stunner. The sophomore dribbled into traffic well outside the box. One of the three Penn defenders in the mix attempted to clear the ball from the scrum, but instead it hit Purce’s body and bounced crazily over Penn goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli -- who was well off her line -- and into the goal.
Mosbacher’s goal was an absolute gem, as a Meg Casscells-Hamby cross from the left side found her alone in front. Mosbacher headed the cross back across the goal inside the left post, well past the outstretched arms of a diving Terilli.
Just three minutes after that, Purce’s skills were on full display as she beat a few defenders inside the box on the left side and powered a shot past Terilli’s right inside the near post.
It was an unfortunate result for the Quakers (3-2-2), who had the two best chances to score in the game’s opening half.
Junior defender Caroline Dwyer had a great opportunity to put the Quakers on the board about 14 minutes in, getting behind the defense along the right wing. Her shot from about 15 yards out was just wide at the far post.
Another great chance came at the half-hour mark, off a corner kick, when Shannon Hennessy’s toe-poke looked like it might be heading inside the left post. The shot beat Harvard keeper Cheta Emba, but a Crimson defender was well-placed and cleared it off the line.
Penn returns to action next Friday, continuing Ivy League play at Cornell at 7 p.m. The Quakers will then be at home on Monday, Oct. 6, hosting Loyola (Md.) at 7 p.m.
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