PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team finally got first-year head coach Nicole Van Dyke her first Ivy League win, a 2-1 decision last Saturday against Yale. The Quakers hope to build on that victory, and make some noise in these last two weeks. The first opportunity comes on Saturday, as Penn travels to Brown to meet the Bears on the newly named Stevenson/Pincince Field. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.
It figures to be a highly emotional day in Providence on Saturday. Prior to the 2015 campaign Brown’s 39-year head coach, Phil Pincince, announced his retirement following the season. Saturday’s match will be his final home game as the Bears’ head coach. How long has Pincince been Brown’s head coach? When Penn’s program started in 1991, he was in already in his 14th season with the Bears.
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Around The League
All eight teams are again in action on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. when leader Princeton (5-0-0) hosts Cornell (2-2-1) at 1 p.m. Dartmouth (0-3-2) and Harvard (4-1-0) kick off at 1:30 p.m. in Cambridge, while Penn (1-1-3) and Brown (1-3-1) meet in Providence. Columbia (2-2-1) and Yale (1-4-0) will close out the day’s action in New York City, kicking off at 4 p.m.
The Series with Brown
The Quakers lead the overall series, 12-9-3, and are 5-0-1 over the last six meetings with five shutouts during that run. Last year Penn defeated Brown in Philadelphia, 2-0; the last time they played in Providence, two years ago, the Red and Blue earned a 1-0 victory.
The Bears (5-7-2) also gained their first Ivy League win last weekend, going on the road and stunning Cornell, 3-2, in double overtime. Brown’s tie came against Dartmouth, back in September. Carly Gould leads the Bears in scoring, with five goals, while reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Celia Story and Erin Katz have three each. Jillian DeSimone has three assists to lead in that category. Sophomore Maclaine Lehan was a second-team All-Ivy pick last year. In goal, Christine Etzel has 13 starts, a 1.06 goals-against average, and an .823 save percentage.
*Penn (6-3-5) has gone 13-1-2 over its last 16 Ivy League matches on Rhodes Field, dating back to the 2010 season.
*Penn has outshot 12 of its 14 opponents this season; in their last four matches, the Quakers have outshot their last five opponents by a combined 77-30.
*Penn has shut out six opponents this season, and only two of its 14 opponents have scored more than one goal -- Clemson, currently ranked seventh in the NSCAA national poll, and two-time defending Ivy League champion Harvard scored twice each.
*As a team, Penn is 26th nationally out of 327 NCAA Division I programs in goals-against average (0.66).
*Penn has set a program record for ties in a season, with five. (All of them have come in the last nine matches.) The previous record of four was set two years ago, when the Quakers went 12-1-4.
*Penn scored five goals in its final non-conference match, a 5-0 win over American on October 13. It marked the most goals by the Quakers in a game since an 8-0 win over NJIT almost exactly four years ago (Oct. 12, 2011).
*Penn returned just four players who scored last season to this year’s roster. Two of them have scored so far this season -- juniors Lindsey Sawczuk (vs. American) and Olivia Blaber (Dartmouth) -- and 10 other players have also scored.
*Of those 10 other players who have scored, it was the first tally at Penn for eight of them. The only two whose goals weren’t their first were senior co-captain Erin Mikolai (Mount St. Mary’s) and classmate Shannon Hennessy (VCU). Of course, in Hennessy’s case it was her second collegiate goal -- the first came her sophomore year, in 2013.
*A caveat to the previous note is Paige Lombard; the senior co-captain scored in consecutive games, against Mount St. Mary’s and at Clemson, and opened the scoring against American. They were her first goals at Penn, but she now has five as a collegian -- she also scored twice at the University of Miami.
*Freshman Allie Trzaska and senior Caroline Dwyer scored Penn’s goals last Saturday vs. Yale. It was the first collegiate tally for Dwyer, the 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and a third-team All-America that season. Trzaska’s goal was her second this season.
*Senior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli saw her first action since being injured against Clemson back on September 11, as she came on in relief of Carrie Crook at halftime of the Yale match.
*Terilli -- a third-team NSCAA All-Region pick each of the last two years and first-team All-Ivy in 2013 -- owns 12 career solo shutouts, which is one shy of the program record held by Vanessa Scotto. Terilli’s career goals-against average is 0.80, second behind Sarah Banks (0.75 from 2010-12).
*After Terilli’s injury at Clemson, Crook was left to pick up the pieces -- which she did, posting shutouts in five of her first 10 collegiate starts after allowing just two goals (one on a PK) against the ranked Tigers.
*In her first career Ivy League start, Crook made a career-high nine saves against two-time defending champion Harvard; she has conceded just the late goal to Dartmouth in Ivy play since then. (Yale’s goal last Saturday came against Terilli.)
*Freshman Sasha Stephens had two goals and an assist vs. American; it was her second two-goal game this season, the other coming in the season opener. That Monday, she was named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week, her second weekly honor this season.
*Sophomore transfer Lauren Petite also scored against American, her first goal since the season opener.
*Freshman Maddie Dawkins’ first collegiate goal was the difference in Penn’s 1-0 win at USC Upstate, a match in which the Quakers outshot the Spartans 18-1.
*Sophomore Farah Otero-Amad had a goal and an assist in Penn’s win over Mount St. Mary’s, her first collegiate points.
*Sophomore Natasha Davenport and Trzaska -- who made her first collegiate start -- had the goals in the Quakers’ 2-1 win against previously unbeaten Temple.
*Penn opened its 2015 season -- and the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era -- with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall on August 30. It marked the fifth-straight year the Quakers have won their opener, and the sixth time in seven years.
*Stephens scored twice in her collegiate debut, notching Penn’s second and third goals. That Monday, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
*Petite also scored in her collegiate debut; she was on TCU’s roster last year but did not see any match action. Petite’s goal came less than four minutes into the contest.
*By calendar date, this year’s season opener was the earliest in program history -- in both 2007 and 2012 the Quakers opened the season on August 31. That 2007 game ended as a 1-0 win over Saint Louis, while the 2012 match was a 2-1 win over James Madison.
*Dwyer was one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award this year. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, this national award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletes to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
*In the midfield, Mikolai is a two-time All-Ivy honoree, including first-team honors as a sophomore, and was a third-team NSCAA All-Region selection last year after she led the Quakers in assists (6).
*Junior Tahirih Nesmith was shut down early last season due to injury, after just two matches. As a freshman in 2013, though, she received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after finishing second on the team with nine points (4g, 1a) and serving on a defense that posted 12 shutouts and allowed just eight goals all season.