HANOVER, N.H. - Penn arrived at Dartmouth's Chase Field Sunday afternoon knowing it would take a major effort to get past the Big Green defense and score. The Ivy League leaders entered the match with a shutout streak of seven-straight matches, dating back exactly a month.
That streak is still intact, as Dartmouth was able to hold the youthful, depletedQuakers in check and gain a 1-0 victory. Dartmouth improved to 4-0-0 in the Ivy League (9-3-1 overall), while Penn fell to 1-3-0 in conference and 7-4-1 overall.
"I don't think we got a shot on goal all day," said head coach Darren Ambrose, who was exaggerating slightly -- Penn actually had seven shots, and forced Dartmouth goalkeeper Amanda Webb to make six saves. "It was similar to the Columbia match from last week, we really struggled in the final third. I was pleased with our defense, for the job they did. But it was another case of one mistake being the difference."
Indeed, the only one of Dartmouth's 16 shots that found the back of the net came after Penn goalkeeper Cailly Carroll came out of the box and misplayed a ball that landed at the feet of Emily Tracy about 35 yards out. Tracy left nothing to chance, immediately shooting on the open goal and converting.
It marred an otherwise fine performance by the Quakers' freshman keeper, who has had a standout year to date. Carroll had five saves in Sunday's match.
"For the first time this season, we looked young and a little scared out there," said Ambrose. "We are still a young team, and obviously Dartmouth is a heck of a team. We just needed to make more happen offensively than we did today."
Penn is off this week, before heading to Yale -- the defending Ivy champion -- Saturday afternoon in New Haven, Conn.