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Theresa Yankovich's Postgame Interview
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team outshot Saint Francis (Pa.) by a 29-3 count, but could not relax until two late goals allowed the Quakers to down the Red Flash, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Rhodes Field.
Penn has now won nine in a row at home, dating back to last season, and improved to 8-2-0 overall. Saint Francis, the defending Northeast Conference champion, fell to 6-5-0. The Red Flash played Sunday's game without its leading scorer and last year's NEC Player of the Year, Tesa McKibben, who was injured in their game Friday.
On a day that started beautiful but quickly went cold weather-wise, Penn dominated the game from start to finish, using crisp passing and solid defense all over the field to keep SFU from gaining momentum at any point. Sarah Banks was called upon to make one save, and it was about as routine as you could get.
Despite all that, there was a bit of a nervy feel for parts of the second half.
Penn got on the board for the first time in the 23rd minute, when Theresa Yankovich roped a corner kick from the right side into the goal area. The ball was headed into the goal, and while it was unclear whether it was Megan York or an SFU defender who did the deed the goal was given to York, her third of the year.
Penn kept the pressure on, outshooting the Red Flash 15-2 in the opening stanza but putting just four of them on goal.
As the second half wore on, the chances kept coming and Penn kept missing them. After Clara Midgley hit the crossbar before the break, now Marin McDermott was doing the same at the other end. Then a sequence occured where Brianna Rano's corner kick was parried by SFU keeper Brianna Butcher off the bar, leading to another corner that Yankovich curved off the bar. It was enough to make you wonder if it was the Quakers' day.
Fortunately, York came to the rescue in the 85th minute, and this time there was no disputing the goal was hers. Erin Beck got off a shot from the left top of the box that was pushed away by Butcher, but York was right there waiting and easily kicked it into the goal past theoncoming goalkeeper.
At last able to relax, Penn pushed another goal home in the 89th minute when Kathryn Barth used a series of nice moves along the left endline to get the ball to the near post, where York was waiting. She pushed the ball out toCallan Parra in the middle, and Parra put it home.
Penn is off until next Friday, when the Quakers get back into action at Columbia. That game will kick off at 7 p.m.
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