PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team was stunned by an early goal, came back to tie things late in the first half, then played 65 minutes of scoreless soccer after halftime in gaining a 1-1 draw with VCU Friday night at Rhodes Field.
Penn moves to 4-1-1 with the tie, while VCU is now 1-6-1.
VCU arrived at Rhodes Field having not scored a goal in six matches; it took them just 2:14 to break that drought, as Julia Suarez took a corner kick from the left side that flew over Penn goalkeeper Carrie Crook, went off the far post and into the goal. It marked the first time in four home matches this season that the Quakers have trailed.
It took nearly the entire half, but Penn finally answered with just 2:38 left before the break. Shannon Hennessy broke down the left side, turned the ball back to her right foot, and rocketed a shot from outside the box that sailed over goalkeeper Emma Kruse’s head and into the far 90. It was the senior defender’s second collegiate goal, the first coming during the 2013 season.
Both teams had chances to win it late. In the second half, Olivia Blaber volleyed a shot that bounced past Kruse but rang off the left post. In the second overtime, consecutive VCU shots in front of an open Penn goal were denied by diving Quakers defenders.
Crook had two saves before giving way to Kiera Towell at halftime. At the other end, Kruse finished with seven saves and was also helped by a team stop.
Penn returns to action on Sunday, traveling to Towson to take on the host Tigers at 1 p.m.
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