PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women’s soccer team put away the non-conference portion of its 2008 season Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory over Rider at Rhodes Field. This weekend, the Quakers play the first of three Ivy League matches to close the season, traveling to New Haven, Conn. to face Yale Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The match will be the first of a doubleheader at the Bulldogs’ Reese Field, as the Penn and Yale men will kick off afterward at approximately 7 p.m.
The Penn women (8-4-2, 2-1-1 Ivy) are 6-1-2 over their last nine matches, with six shutouts during that time. However, the lone loss was a big one, 2-0 at Dartmouth last Saturday, which puts the Quakers in a position of having to likely run the table to have a shot at winning their second straight conference title.
The Series With Yale
Yale leads the series, 11-4-3, but that includes a six-win start to the series from 1991-96 -- since then, the series is just 5-4-3 in the Bulldogs’ favor. The last three matches have bore two ties and, last year, a Penn win in Philadelphia. Two years ago, these teams played a highly entertaining 0-0 draw in New Haven. Overall, the Quakers are 1-6-2 on the road against Yale, but the last three in New Haven have featured two draws and a 3-2 overtime win for Yale (2004).
Elsewhere in the League
Penn will certainly have its eyes looking toward Princeton Saturday night, as the two teams ahead of the Quakers in the standings meet with first place on the line. Harvard (3-1-0) and Princeton (3-0-1) square off at 7 p.m. On Friday, Columbia (2-1-1) will try to get a leg up on the Quakers when it hosts Dartmouth (1-3-0) at 7 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, Cornell (0-4-0) and Brown (1-2-1) conclude the weekend’s League play.
Penn’s 3-0 win Wednesday marked the sixth time the Quakers have scored three or more goals in a game this season.
Penn has scored 32 goals this season, the fifth-best output in program history. Last year the Quakers scored 35 goals in 18 matches.
At the other end, Penn has shut out five of its last eight opponents and outscored them 21-5 in that span.
Sophomore Sarah Friedman continues to lead Penn in scoring, with four goals and 14 assists. She has figured in 18 of the Quakers’ 32 goals this season.
Friedman had two assists Wednesday night vs. Rider, her seventh game this season in which she has figured in more than one goal.
With Penn still having three regular-season matches left to play, Friedman’s 14 assists are already a program record for assists in a season. The previous mark of 10 was set by Katy Cross in 2001.
Just 14 matches into her sophomore year, Friedman has 19 career assists which places her alone in third on Penn’s all-time list behind Katy Cross (25 from 2001-04) and Kellianne Toland (22 from 1997-2000).
Sophomore Kaitlin Campbell scored her first collegiate goal Wednesday against Rider; she has four assists in her career.
Senior Natalie Capuano scored Penn’s first goal Wednesday night, giving her 15 career goals which is 10th on the program’s all-time list.
Capuano has five goals this season, which ties her career high (also in 2005) and is tied for the team lead with sophomore Kristin Kaiser.
Friedman, freshman Ursula Lopez-Palm and senior Molly Weir have four goals apiece, while freshman Marin McDermott -- who scored Wednesday vs. Rider -- has three.
In The Ivy League
As a team, Penn entered the week first in assists per game (2.62) and second in goals (2.23) and points (7.80) per game; the Quakers are fifth in goals-against average (1.10).
Sarah Friedman entered the week first in assists per game (0.92), and is fourth in points per game (1.54).
Molly Weir was seventh in assists per game (0.38) and tied for 10th in points per game (1.00).
Kristin Kaiser was ninth in goals per game (0.38).
Marin McDermott and Mara Fintzi were tied for 10th in assists per game (0.31).
The Bulldogs (7-5-1, 2-2-0 Ivy) have won their last two Ivy League matches, beating Dartmouth (2-0) and Cornell (3-1) the last two weekends. Yale hasn't played at Reese Stadium since October 1, but the Bulldogs have been tough to beat at home, winning 13 of their last 15 there. A pair of Bulldogs -- Emma Whitfield and Miyuki Hino -- were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Whitfield had two goals in the win over the Big Red, and Hino scored once. Hino has three goals in her last two games. Maggie Westfal, a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, leads the Bulldogs with 21 points (7g, 7a); Whitfield and Becky Brown have 16 points apiece.