Women's Soccer Downs Columbia, 2-0

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NEW YORK - The Penn women's soccer team used a pair of early, first-half goals to defeat Columbia, 2-0, Friday night.

With the win, the Quakers moved back into the Ivy League championship hunt at 2-1-0. Columbia is also 2-1-0,and both teams are behind only Harvard (2-0-0) in the standings heading into the rest of the weekend. The Crimson are at Cornell Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The win was Penn's first over Columbia since 2007 (first shutout of the Lions since 2004)and improved the Red and Blue to 9-2-0 overall. The Quakers are guaranteed to finish the regular season with a winning record, continuing a streak that has held true in all of Head Coach Darren Ambrose's 12-year career.

Kathryn Barth put the Quakers up in just thesixth minute, as she took advantage of a failed clear by Columbia to turn and score from about 15 yards out. Just five minutes after that, Theresa Yankovich rocketed a 25-yard shot past Lions goalkeeper Lillian Klein to double the Quakers' lead.

That was more than enough for the Penn defense, which once again posted a shutout -- its eighth in 11 matches this season. For the game, the Quakers outshot the Lions 9-4 as Sarah Banks made three saves in the Penn goal.

Penn returns to action next Wednesday, hosting NJIT in a non-conference game at Rhodes Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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