PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team concludes the home portion of its 2014 season this Saturday, hosting Brown at 5 p.m. The match is the first half of a doubleheader at Rhodes Field, as the Penn and Brown men will follow up at 7:30 p.m.
Prior to kickoff on Saturday, Penn will honor the six seniors who will be playing their final game on Rhodes Field -- Haley Cooper, Nikoletta Georgalis, Lauren Hammond, Clara Midgley, Kaitlyn Moore, and Katherine Myhre. These women have helped Penn compile a 41-14-9 record during their time on campus, including a 16-7-3 Ivy League mark. Congratulations to our seniors!
Around the Ivy League
All four Ivy League matches will take place on Saturday. The big one kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in Hanover, N.H. where Harvard (4-0-1) can clinch the title with a win or tie at Dartmouth (2-0-3); if the Big Green wins, they will be one point behind the Crimson heading into the final weekend. The other two teams in the top half of the division, Columbia (2-2-1) and Princeton (2-2-1), are on the road this weekend -- the Tigers are at Cornell (1-4-0) at 2:30 p.m., while the Lions are at Yale (1-1-3) at 4 p.m.
The Series with Brown
The Quakers hold an 11-9-3 lead in the all-time series, and are unbeaten over the last five meetings (4-0-1) with shutouts in the last three. Penn has won the last two matchups, 1-0, with the game two years ago here in Philadelphia going overtime. In fact, Penn and Brown have needed overtime to settle things five times in the last seven years.
The Bears (6-6-3, 1-2-2 Ivy) gained its first Ivy League win last weekend, defeating Cornell 2-0. Chloe Cross leads Brown in scoring, with six goals, while Carly Gould and Erin Katz have scored three times each. Mikela Waldman has a team-high four assists. In goal, Mallory Yant has played most of the minutes; she has a 1.37 goals-against average and 54 saves. Defender Annie Gillen was a second-team All-Ivy pick by the coaches last year.
*Penn is 12-1-1 on Rhodes Field against Ivy League competition dating back to the 2010 season. The only loss came earlier this year to a Harvard team that is looking to wrap up its second straight Ivy title Saturday in Hanover, N.H.
*The Quakers snapped a three-match winless streak on Tuesday night at Lehigh, scoring two late goals to knock off the Mountain Hawks, 2-0.
*Sophomore defender Olivia Blaber had Penn’s first goal on Tuesday night, the first of her career.
*Freshman Anna Estep scored an insurance goal on Tuesday, her second goal this season.
*Kalijah Terilli made eight saves in goal on Tuesday -- two shy of her season/career high -- as Penn posted its sixth shutout this season.
*Penn tied Yale last Saturday, 1-1, as the Quakers scored in the first half and the Bulldogs answered in the second.
*Freshman Juliana Provini had Penn’s goal in New Haven, giving her a goal in three of the last four matches she has played and a point in four of her last five appearances.
*Provini -- who has a team-high three goals -- was co-Rookie of the Week from both the Ivy League and the ECAC on October 13 after hitting match-winning goals in consecutive victories over Loyola and Columbia.
*Junior Erin Mikolai had an assist on Blaber’s goal on Tuesday, giving her a team-high five this season.
*Terilli went the distance in goal at Yale, making five saves -- including one in the dying seconds of overtime -- to preserve the draw.
*Both Mikolai and Terilli were first-team All-Ivy picks last year as sophomores along with defender Caroline Dwyer, who will miss the rest of this season due to injury.
*Penn is 22-8-5 in its last 35 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*Overall, Penn is 44-15-11 over its last 70 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 70 matches, Penn has allowed 51 goals and posted 40 shutouts.
*Penn has gone overtime four times this season, winning once and tying the other three (including Saturday) to continue an impressive run: the Quakers have not lost a match in overtime dating back to the 2008 season, going 7-0-13 in extra time during that span.
*After Haley Cooper and senior Kaitlyn Moore -- who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Delaware -- Penn’s other goal scorers this season have been underclassmen: sophomores Blaber, Ana Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk, and freshmen Provini, Estep and Kristen Miller.