PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team dominated Rider from start to finish Wednesday night at Rhodes Field, and though it took awhile the Quakers were able to take care of business, 3-0.
Penn (8-4-2) outshot Rider (2-10-3) 11-0 in the first half, but was unable to dent the Bronc goal as Alex Post came up with five saves. However, the second half quickly turned in the Quakers' favor, as they scored twice in the first seven minutes to establish control and win going away.
Sophomore Sarah Friedman had two assists on the night, giving her 14 this season which adds to her single-season record. She also now has 19 career assists, which puts her third all-time at Penn. The other highlight of the evening came from classmate Kaitlin Campbell, who scored her first collegiate goal.
"It was a slow start, but once we got things going I thought we did a good job of establishing ourselves," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "I was unhappy with the way we handled our chances in the first half, but we came out strong to start the second and that was good to see."
Senior Natalie Capuano put Penn on the board first. The ball was deep in the right corner, before it found its way to Friedman who sent a ball across the top of the box to Capuano who was wide open. Capuano took a touch, then pushed it past Rider goalkeeper Alex Post's left side and into the far side of the goal. It was her fifth goal this season, which is tied for the team lead.
Campbell was next, and again Friedman was the feeder. This time the ball was played in on a corner kick, and Campbell headed it to the ground. The ball bounced past Post, who got a hand on it but could not stop its momentum into the goal.
Both teams substituted liberally after that -- Penn played 22 field players on the night -- and the Quakers' final goal came with just under eight minutes remaining when freshman Marin McDermott took a through-ball from Ellen Gregory and converted for her third goal of the season.
"It was good to be able to get a lot of different players some time," said Ambrose. "We are getting to a point in the season where some players have logged a lot of minutes, and so to be able to sit them a bit helps. Also, we have a lot of players who are working hard at practice but not being rewarded with game time, and tonight we were able to get them on the field."
Penn outshot Rider on the night, 20-2, and Quaker goalkeeper Cailly Carroll was forced to make just one save in garnering the shutout. It was Penn's fifth clean sheet in the last eight matches, and sixth this season.
Penn closes out the regular season with three Ivy League matches. The first comes Saturday at Yale, kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.