PHILADELPHIA – This has been a busy week on Rhodes Field for the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team, which is in the midst of playing three games on its home pitch over a six-day span. After opening the homestand with a 1-0 win over Loyola (Md.) on Monday, the Quakers are home twice this weekend; they host Columbia in an Ivy League match Friday at 7 p.m., then Navy comes to town for a non-conference matchup Sunday at 1 p.m.
Around the Ivy League
For the second straight weekend, the Quakers are part of the first Ivy League match of the weekend when they kick off against the Lions. The other three matches will take place on Saturday, when Cornell (1-1-0) is at Harvard (1-0-1) at 1:30 p.m.; Yale (0-1-1) is at Dartmouth (0-0-2) at 4 p.m.; and Brown (0-0-2) is at Princeton (1-0-1) at 7 p.m.
The Series with Columbia
The Quakers and the Lions are meeting for the 24th time, with Penn holding a 12-8-3 lead in the series. Penn has won three in a row over Columbia, all via the shutout route; prior to that, the Lions had won two in a row.
Under first-year head coach Tracey Bartholomew, the Lions (5-1-4, 1-0-1) have started Ivy play with a win over Cornell and a tie with Brown. They lost their second game of the season, 2-1 at Army, and are unbeaten in eight games since then. Coleen Rizzo leads Columbia with three goals, while Grace Taylor has five points (2g/1a) and Madeline Linde has scored twice. Four other players have scored once. In goal, Grace Redmon (0.37 GAA) and Gabby Dubick (0.81 GAA) have both started five times.
The Series with Navy
The Quakers hold a 2-1-1 lead over the Midshipmen, including a 1-0 overtime win last year in Annapolis. Navy’s only win came in 2010, a 3-2 decision on Rhodes Field. Before that, the teams had not played since 2000.
The Midshipmen (6-3-4) are unbeaten in four matches, most recently last weekend when they defeated American and tied Colgate. Navy has a four-goal scorer (Morgan Dankanich) and a trio of three-goal scorers (Lily Kraemer, Jade Seabrook, Clare MacAdam), while playmaker Julie Schumacher has a team-leading seven assists. At the other end, Dayton Wetherby has played a majority of the minutes; she has 45 saves and a 0.85 goals-against average. (Navy will open the weekend Friday night at Bucknell.)
*The Quakers defeated Loyola (Md.) in a non-conference game on Monday, 1-0, thanks to a goal from freshman Juliana Provini with just seven seconds left in the first half. Caroline Dwyer -- whose headball off the woodwork fell to Provini’s feet for the goal -- and Erin Mikolai were credited with assists on the play.
*Junior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli went the distance in goal for the third straight match and posted the shutout, making only one routine save behind a stout defensive effort. In the match, Penn outshot Loyola 15-2.
*Penn lost at Cornell last Friday, 3-2, despite goals by Haley Cooper (her first this season) and Anastasiya Chevtchenko (her second). It was the Quakers’ first loss to the Big Red since the 1996 season; they had gone 17-0-1 in the last 18 meetings.
*Penn allowing three goals to Cornell on Friday was certainly rare. How rare? Consider than in their last nine matches played in the month of October, dating back to 2012, the Quakers had allowed a grand total of one goal (last year against Yale).
*The Red and Blue opened Ivy League play on Sept. 27 with a loss to defending champion Harvard; it marked the Quakers’ first Ivy loss on Rhodes Field since Oct. 8, 2010 (they had gone 11-0-1 in their 12 matches since then).
*Penn is 21-7-4 in its last 32 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*After Cooper and senior Kaitlyn Moore -- who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Delaware -- Penn’s other goalscorers this season have been underclassmen: sophomores Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk, and freshmen Provini, Anna Estep and Kristen Miller.
*Penn has gone overtime three times this season, winning one and tying the other to continue an impressive run: the Quakers have not lost a match in overtime dating back to the 2008 season, going 7-0-12 in extra time during that span.
*After splitting five of the first six matches with senior Katherine Myhre, Terilli has gone the distance between in goal for the Quakers in their first two Ivy League matches.
*Overall, Penn is 42-13-10 over its last 65 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 65 matches, Penn has almost as many shutouts (38) as goals allowed (46).
*Penn went 12-1-4 last season, setting a program record for fewest losses in a season, and took second place in the Ivy League at 5-1-1, behind only Harvard (7-0-0).
*Penn shut out 12 of its 17 opponents last season, a .706 percentage that was fourth nationally; three years ago, the Quakers led the nation in shutout percentage.
*Penn allowed just eight goals last season, good for a 0.44 goals-against average that was fifth nationally.
*Penn head coach Darren Ambrose is in his 15th season at the helm; he entered the 2014 season 34th among active NCAA Division I coaches in winning percentage (.650) and 39th all-time at the NCAA Division I level.
*Junior defender Caroline Dwyer was a third-team All-America last year, just the second Penn player to be so honored by the NSCAA (Katy Cross was a second-team All-America in 2001).
*That recognition has not gone unnoticed in the preseason, as Dwyer was one of 13 underclass women named to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List. The MAC Hermann Trophy is given to the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate players.
*Dwyer also received plenty of preseason recognition from TopDrawerSoccer, including second-team All-America; 21st on its list of the nation’s top 100 players; and second among the Ivy League’s top 20 players.
*Penn returns two other first-team All-Ivy players from last year besides Dwyer; fellow juniors Terilli and Mikolai. They were listed fifth and 20th, respectively, on TopDrawerSoccer’s preseason Ivy Top 20, while sophomore Tahirih Nesmith was listed 14th. (Only Harvard had more players than Penn’s four on the TDS Top 20, with five.)
*Terilli, a goalkeeper, enjoyed a stint in the United States Under-23 camp this summer. She is a junior at Penn, but has sophomore eligibility after missing her entire freshman campaign to injury.
*Chevtchenko, meanwhile, continued her play with the Russian National Team throughout the summer.
*Seniors Moore, Haley Cooper and Clara Midgley are this year’s captains.