Women's Soccer Falls in Opener, 1-0

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team allowed Towson just one shot through the first 75 minutes of Friday night's game at Rhodes Field. Unfortunately for the Quakers, that shot was a beauty, and it was the difference as the Tigers escaped with a 1-0 victory.

The match was the season opener for Penn; Towson improved to 2-1-1 on the season.

Penn came out strong and dominated Towson early on. However, just as the clock reached the 10-minute mark the Tigers got on the board. With the ball bouncing around among several players, TU's Annie Hillin lofted a shot from about 30 yards that went over junior goalkeeper Caroline Williams and just under the crossbar at the far post.

Penn could never equalize. The Quakers best chance came late in the match, when Sarah Friedman was able to get behind the defense and a long throw-in found its way to her foot. However, the senior put her volley well over the crossbar. Friedman led Penn with three shots, while junior Theresa Yankovich and freshmen Kathryn Barth and Christina Hart had two apiece.

Penn outshot Towson, 14-6, and forced Tiger goalie Jocelyn Papciak to make six saves. At the other end, Williams made a diving stop in the final seconds for her only save of the contest.

Penn returns to action Sunday night, hosting Villanova at 7:30 p.m. That match is the second of a doubleheader at Rhodes Field, as the men entertain La Salle at 5 p.m.

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