PHILADELPHIA - After five straight weekends of Friday and Sunday matches to kick off the 2010 season -- and splitting all five of them -- the Penn women's soccer team is in action only once this weekend. It's a biggie, however, as the Quakers host always-dangerous Columbia Friday night at 7 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
Penn is one of just two teams in the League with a 2-0-0 record, the other being Princeton. In addition, the Quakers have opened it up offensively in conference play, with seven goals in their two games. However, there is one other team unbeaten in Ivy play to date -- Columbia is 1-0-1 after an opening 1-0 win over Cornell and a 0-0 tie with Brown. In addition, the Lions boast the best overall record among the Ancient Eight, at 6-2-2.
Around the League: For the second straight weekend, Penn is part of the only Friday night action in the League, with the rest of the teams facing off Saturday. Cornell (0-2-0) is at Harvard (1-1-0) for an 11 a.m. kickoff, while Yale (0-2-0) is at Dartmouth (1-1-0) at 4 p.m. Princeton (2-0-0) hosts Brown (0-1-1) at 7 p.m.
The Series with Columbia: Penn holds a 9-7-3 advantage over Columbia, making the Lions one of two teams in the Ivies that the Quakers have a winning record against. (Cornell is the other.) Head Coach Darren Ambrose is 4-3-3 against the Lions during his Penn tenure. Last year Columbia grabbed a 4-2 win in New York City; the year before, these teams tied 1-1 at Rhodes Field. Penn's last win came in 2007, a 2-1 decision in NYC.
About Columbia: The Lions (6-2-2) entered the week ranked 17th nationally in goals-against average, at 0.53, and have not allowed more than one goal in any game this season. That said, Columbia has scored more than one goal in a game just once in its last five matches. Kelly Hostetler leads the Lions in scoring, with nine points; she is second among Ivy players with five assists. Ashlin Yahr has a team-high three goals. At the other end, Lillian Klein is among the national leaders in save percentage and GAA.
*While Penn has split all five of its weekends this season, the Quakers are 4-1 on Friday nights and have won each of the last four Fridays.
*Nine different players have accounted for Penn's 14 goals.
*After allowing six goals two weekends ago against Harvard and Navy, the Penn defense allowed just one goal to Cornell and Army last weekend.
*Senior Sarah Friedman became the program's all-time assist leader with her dish on Theresa Yankovich's goal last Friday against Cornell. It was her 26th, moving her past Katy Cross who had 25 from 2001-04.
*Friedman, who had assists in four of five games before Penn was shut out at Army last Sunday, is tied for fourth among Ivy players in overall assists per game (0.40).
*Friedman also had a goal in Friday's win at Cornell.
*Freshman Kerry Scalora has been the Ivy League Rookie of the Week each of the last two weeks; she leads Penn with seven points (3g, 1a).
*Among Ivy League players, Scalora is tied for sixth in overall goals per game (0.33) and ninth in overall points per game (0.78).
*Yankovich's goal at Cornell was her first this season and just the third of her career.
*Junior Caroline Williams has played every minute in goal this season; she was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Sept. 10-12 at the Penn Invitational by the participating coaches.
*Williams has made 36 saves in the last seven matches, and lowered her overall goals-against average to 1.10 last weekend.
*Senior defenders Kaitlin Campbell and Marisa Schoen were the host team's representatives on the Penn Invitational's all-tournament team. They are two of the team's three captains this fall. (The other is Kristin Kaiser.) Campbell -- an honorable mention All-Ivy player in 2009 -- has started 60 of Penn's last 61 games, while Schoen has 52 career starts.
*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.
*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, Friedman, Kaiser -- were freshmen.