Penn-ECU Box Score
Villanova-Hofstra Box Score
PHILADELPHIA - With hot and muggy weather beating down on the Penn and East Carolina women's soccer teams Sunday afternoon, it did not take an expert to figure out that a quick start would be key this early in the season.
The Quakers seemed to get the message ahead of their counterparts, punching home two goals in the first seven minutes and another one in the 22nd minute to earn a 3-1 victory at Rhodes Field.
With the win, Penn (2-2-0) finished the Penn Invitational with a 1-1 record. East Carolina (4-2-0) also went 1-1 on the weekend.
"Our message to them was that, if they came out and started the way they did against Villanova Friday night, they would win," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "We were very sharp in those first 20 minutes, got on top of them and were able to control the game after that."
Penn wasted no time getting on the board, scoring its first goal at the 3:01 mark. Sophomore Sarah Friedman slotted a through ball to Molly Weir on the right side, and the senior punched it across where freshman Ursula Lopez-Palm was waiting to head it home.
Just 4:30 later, Weir fed a through ball that looked like it was going to be harmlessly played by an ECU defendertoher keeper. Instead, sophomore Kristin Kaiser showed great hustle, got a leg around the defender, and pushed the ball pastthe surprised goalie and into the goal.
ECU got one of those goals back at the 19:13 mark, when a Savanna Russo free kick from about 35 yards out was sent into the box. At the top of the box, Jessica Woodward snapped a header on goal that appeared to catch Penn goalkeeper Sara Rose off guard. Theball slid in under the crossbar for a 2-1 match.
Before the Pirates had finished celebrating, though, Penn had put another goal away. This time, Friedman sent in a corner kick that was put on goal by sophomore Kaitlin Campbell. The ball met Weir on its way to the goal, and the senior turned and fired the ball into the top of the goal before any defenders could converge on her. Campbell and Friedman were credited with assists.
As could have been expected, the weather eventually sapped both teams, and the game was played at a far slower pace as the day wore on. In addition, both teams substituted liberally, as Penn used 22 players and ECU used 20. For the game, the Quakers outshot the Pirates 11-7.
"It wasn't a pretty game in the second half, but we got a lot of people some minutes today and we were able to rest some other people," said Ambrose.
Rose gave way to freshman Caroline Williams at halftime, and she responded with three saves in the second stanza including two off nice long-range efforts from East Carolina.
Villanova (7-0-0) took the tournament title in Sunday's second match, defeating Hofstra (2-4-0) in an entertaining, back-and-forth match. The Wildcats gained their fourth straight 3-2 win whena Hofstra defender accidentally headed aVillanova free kick intoher own goal with just 1:19 left in regulation.
For Penn, Friedman, Weir and junior Michelle Drugan earned all-tournament.
Penn is back in action next weekend, traveling to Richmond (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Georgetown (Sunday at 3 p.m.).