ITHACA, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team allowed Cornell to score the first three goals on Friday night at the Big Red’s Berman Field. The Quakers were able to get two of those back in the second half, but it was not enough as they fell to the Big Red, 3-2.
It was Penn’s first loss to Cornell since 1996, ending a 17-match stretch that saw the Quakers go 16-0-1 against the Big Red.
Perhaps mindful of that history, Cornell (6-3-0, 1-1-0 Ivy) came out and laid siege to Penn’s defensive end in the first half. The Big Red outshot the Quakers 11-1 in the period, and put three balls past Red and Blue goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli.
The first goal came just 1:47 into the match, off a Whitney Farber throw-in from the right side. Caroline Growney flicked it on for Elizabeth Crowell about 10 yards out from the near post, and she tucked her shot just inside the post.
The Big Red doubled their lead before the quarter-hour mark, when Claire MacManus sent a through-ball to Growney, who touched it away from the charging Terilli 25 yards out from goal and then finished from inside the box.
On a night when a heavy wind played a factor throughout, the Big Red’s third goal was definitely wind-aided. Aimee Tavzel took a free kick from inside her own penalty area. The ball wentalong the right side and bounced twice before Meera Dheer caught up to it and took a shot from 25 yards that went off Terilli’s hands and just inside the far post.
Penn (3-3-2, 0-2-0) regrouped in the second half, outshooting Cornell 6-2, but the damage was done as the Quakers could only score twice. The first came just after the hour mark when Erin Mikolai sent a ball in from the right side into the box and senior Haley Cooper headed it home.
The second Penn goal came with just 2:45 left off a long ball into the Cornell area. Juliana Provini got to it first, but it was Ana Chevtchenko who provided the finish.
Penn returns to action on Monday, hosting Loyola (Md.) in a non-conference match that is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
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