Women's Soccer Hits the West Coast

PHILADELPHIA - For just the second time in program history, the Penn women's soccer team is in California to play a pair of regular-season games. The other trip occurred in 2004, when the Quakers faced California and San Francisco. This time around, Penn hits the Los Angeles area for games against Cal State Northridge (Friday) and Loyola Marymount (Sunday).

Penn is 2-2-0 after splitting a pair of games in last weekend's Penn Invitational. The Quakers gained the upper hand on Friday, defeating city rival Saint Joseph's, 1-0. On Sunday, however, defending Atlantic 10 champion Dayton got a 2-0 win to take the tourney title.

This weekend's game will be Penn's final tests before the Ivy League season starts next Friday against Harvard.

The Series with CSU Northridge: This will be the first meeting between Penn and CSU Northridge in women's soccer.

About CSU-N: The Matadors (4-3-0) host Penn Friday before hosting No. 6 Texas A&M Sunday. Two of their three losses have come to ranked teams (2-1 to No. 3 Portland, 4-1 to No. 12 UCLA). Penn and Northridge actually have a common opponent this year: Saint Joseph's. Penn beat the Hawks, 1-0, while CSU-N defeated them, 4-0. Farryn Townley had three goals to lead the Matadors, while Brittanie Sakajian has two goals and two assists. Four other players have goals. At the other end, Cynthia Jacobo has played all but six minutes in goal; she boasts a 1.27 goals-against average.

The Series with Loyola Marymount: This will mark the second meeting between the Quakers and the Lions in women's soccer. The first came in 2005, a 2-2 tie that was played on a neutral field in Princeton, N.J.

About LMU: Following a season-opening loss at No. 16 Cal, the Lions (4-2-0) reeled off four straight wins before losing last Sunday to seventh-ranked Notre Dame, 1-0. In other words, they will pose a formidable test. Tawni Martino had four goals, while Nickey Ha has three. Three other players have also scored. In goal, Brittany Jagger has played every minute in goal and boasts a 0.83 goals-against average. LMU went 11-6-2 a year ago, including 3-3-1 in the West Coast Conference.

About Penn...

*Penn is 2-0 when scoring this season, 0-2 when getting shut out.

*Of the six players who have recorded a point this year for Penn, four are freshmen.

*Penn has played at least 18 players in all four matches this season.

*Freshman Kathryn Barth is Penn's leading scorer, with two goals. She scored them in consecutive games, against Villanova and Saint Joseph's.

*Penn's 3-0 win over Villanova on the season's opening weekend was the Quakers' first over the Wildcats; prior to the match, Penn was 0-11-1 all-time against Villanova.

*All three players who scored against Villanova recorded their first collegiate goal in the process - Barth, fellow freshman Christina Hart, and sophomore Erin Beck.

*Junior Caroline Williams has played every minute in goal this season; she was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the Penn Invitational by the participating coaches after her seven-save performance against Dayton. (That was as many saves as she made in Penn's first three games combined.) For the season, Williams has a 0.75 goals-against average.

*Senior defenders Kaitlin Campbell and Marisa Schoen were the host team's representatives on the Penn Invitational's all-tournament team.

*The Quakers return seven of 11 starters and 15 letterwinners from a team that went 10-4-2 overall last year. (That record was best among the Ivy League programs in 2009.)

*Penn went 4-3-0 in the Ivy League and tied for third place; the Quakers' last title came in 2007, when the four current seniors -- Campbell, Schoen, Sarah Friedman, Kristin Kaiser -- were freshmen.

*Friedman, a first-team All-Ivy pick in 2008 and second-team a year ago, needs four assists to become the program's all-time leader. She enters 2010 with 22.

*Junior Marin McDermott is the team's leading returning scorer; she had six goals in 2009. McDermott has earned All-Ivy each year she has been at Penn.

*The defense will be anchored by two of Penn's three captains, Campbell and Schoen. (The other captain is Kaiser.) Campbell -- an honorable mention All-Ivy player in 2009 -- enters 2010 having started 50 of Penn's last 51 games, while Schoen has 42 career starts.

*Among the returning players, only junior Theresa Yankovich joins the captains, McDermott and Friedman as a field player who started more than 10 matches last year. She had 11 starts.