Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania’s women’s soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 loss to No. 22 Villanova in double overtime this afternoon at the Penn Soccer Invitational. Senior Katy Cross tallied her third goal of the season, while junior Jessica Keeley made five saves on the day.
“It was a heartbreaking loss considering how well we played today,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “Everyone played their hearts out, leaving their hearts and souls out on the field. It was a great shot by [Villanova’s] Valerie Grow, and it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come away with the win.”
After taking a 0-0 deadlock into the second half, Villanova (5-1-0) struck first as Laura Johnson connected with Nikki Mabery at 52:26. Penn (1-3-0) would tie the score just eight minutes later after a free kick by senior Lauren Bome. The kick was volleyed in front of the net by Robin Watson and landed on the foot of Cross who then stuffed it into the top right corner. The two teams remained knotted at 2-2 through a scoreless first overtime period. However, the Red and Blue could not hold on as Grow’s 30-yard rocket found the back of the net over a leaping Keeley at 103:14. Penn outshot the Wildcats 11-9 shot and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Quakers are back in action this weekend when they head to California for a two-game swing. Penn will face Cal-Berkeley on Sept. 17 and the University of San Francisco on Sept. 19.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.