PHILADELPHIA - The Penn and Columbia women’s soccer teams entered Friday night’s match as arguably the hottest teams in the league (although Princeton might have something to say about that). The Lions had six straight wins, while the Quakers had four. As the last two Ivy League champions, and two of three teams unbeaten in League play after just two weekends, you figured something had to give at Rhodes Field.
Well, nothing gave. Columbia scored in the first half, Penn scored in the second half, and no one scored after that. As a result, both teams are now 2-0-1 in the Ivy League after a 1-1 draw.
“I think this game showed what good teams these both are,” said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose following the match. “It is the game you would expect from these teams.”
Columbia (8-2-2 overall) held the play through the first half, outshooting Penn 7-3. Not surprisingly, the Lions were the ones who got on the board when the Ivy League’s leading scorer, Sophie Reiser, rebounded a shot by Nora Dooley and put it past Penn goalkeeper Sara Rose.
“Columbia made it very hard in the first half and we were struggling,” said Ambrose. “The goal they scored on was a set piece that we had practiced defending, so that was disappointing.”
Penn (6-3-2 overall) got the equalizer in the 70th minute, when junior Mara Fintzi notched her second goal of the season. Freshman Marin McDermott and sophomore Kristin Kaiser were credited with assists on the play.
I thought that in the second half we were much more dangerous, we really controlled play and had chances,” said Ambrose. “I think we showed a lot of character in the second half, and then overtime was a stalemate.”
Columbia outshot Penn on the night, 14-10, but the Quakers had the edge on corner kicks, 7-6. In the Penn goal, Rose made four saves in the first half before giving way to junior Cailly Carroll in the second half and OT. The action was Carroll’s first of the 2008 season, and she had two stops as Penn came back to gain the tie.
“Putting Cailly in was a tactical choice based on what we thought we’d see from Columbia in the second half,” said Ambrose. “She did well on her first outing.”
Penn returns to action Sunday, traveling to La Salle for a city match. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.