Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team held No. 5 Texas A&M scoreless in the second half, but it was not enough as the Quakers fell, 3-2, this afternoon.
“Despite falling behind early, we were in this game from start to finish,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “I think we were good enough to win today. The question, so far this season, has been can we compete with teams at this level? The answer is a resounding, Yes.’”
The Aggies (2-2) took a quick 2-0 lead over the Quakers (0-2) on a pair of goals by Christina Echavarry. Texas A&M’s last goal of the game would come at 26:04, as Paige Carmichael scored off a corner kick by Laura Probst. However, the Red and Blue did not back down, as senior Katy Cross put Penn on the board with 29 seconds remaining in the half. Cross took a feed from junior Jenna Linden at midfield and broke past her defender for her first goal of the season. The Quakers came out firing in the second half, as senior Rachelle Snyder made the score, 3-2, stuffing home a pass from Cross at 63:51. Fellow senior Devon Sibole was also credited with an assist. Junior Jessica Keeley made a career-high nine saves in between the pipes for Penn, while Aggies’ keeper Kati Jo Spisak made three stops.
The Quakers play host to the 2004 Penn Soccer Invitational on Sept. 10 and Sept. 12 at Rhodes Field. The Red and Blue will face Vanderbilt at 5 p.m. on Friday followed by No. 22 Villanova at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.