PHILADELPHIA – After going nearly 580 minutes without a goal, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team erupted for four in the first 25 minutes of Tuesday’s 5-0 win over American. The Quakers hope to keep that offensive output going this Saturday, when they host Ivy rival Dartmouth at Rhodes Field at 5 p.m. The match is the first half of a Rhodes doubleheader, as the Penn and Dartmouth men kick off afterward at about 7:30 p.m.
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Around The League
All eight teams are in action Saturday, as the league passes the midway point of conference play. Brown (0-2-1) and Harvard (3-0-0) gets things started at 1:30 p.m. in Cambridge, followed by Cornell (1-1-1) and Yale (1-2-0) at 4 p.m. in New Haven. Penn (0-1-2) and Dartmouth (0-2-1) kick off at 5 p.m., before Columbia (1-1-1) and Princeton (3-0-0) wrap up the day’s action with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Series with Dartmouth
The Big Green holds a 15-8-2 lead in the series, but that is helped by six wins to start the rivalry back in the 1990s. In the last eight matches, Penn holds a 4-3-1 advantage, with all four wins coming at Rhodes Field (the last two by shutout). Dartmouth won last year’s match in Hanover, 2-0.
The Big Green (7-3-2) has opened Ivy play with a tie against Brown, an overtime loss to Princeton, and a 1-0 loss last weekend at Yale. Lucielle Kozlov leads the Dartmouth attack with nine goals, while Melanie Vangel and Jessica Lukas have four goals each. Meredith Gurnee and Jill Dayneka have each scored three times. Jackie Friedman (2 assists) was a first-team All-Ivy pick last year. In goal, Casey Cousineau has 11 starts with a 0.73 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage.
*Penn has gone 13-1-1 over its last 15 Ivy League matches on Rhodes Field, dating back to the 2010 season. (The Quakers’ 0-0 tie with Cornell on October 2 took place in Penn Park due to inclement weather.)
*Penn (5-3-4) scored five goals in Tuesday’s final non-conference match, the most goals by the Quakers in a game since an 8-0 win over NJIT almost exactly four years ago (Oct. 12, 2011).
*Penn has outshot all but two of its 12 opponents this season; in their last three matches, the Quakers have outshot Lehigh, Columbia and American by a combined 59-15.
*Penn has shut out six opponents this season, and only two of its 12 opponents have scored more than one goal -- Clemson, currently ranked sixth in the NSCAA national poll, and two-time defending Ivy League champion Harvard scored twice each.
*As a team, Penn is 26th nationally out of 327 NCAA Division I programs in goals-against average (0.62), and tied for 37th in shutout percentage (.500)
*Penn has gone the distance in each of its last two Ivy League matches, tying Columbia 0-0 last Friday after a 0-0 draw with Cornell two Fridays ago.
*Penn has gone to overtime in four of its last seven matches, and gone the distance in all four without settling matters.
*Penn returned just four players who scored last season to this year’s roster. Only one of them has scored so far this season -- junior Lindsey Sawczuk, on Tuesday vs. American -- but nine other players have already scored.
*Of the nine players who have scored, it was the first tally at Penn for seven of them. The only two whose goals weren’t their first were senior co-captain Erin Mikolai (Mount St. Mary’s) and classmate Shannon Hennessy (VCU). Of course, in Hennessy’s case it was her second collegiate goal -- the first came her sophomore year, in 2013.
*A caveat to the previous note is Paige Lombard; the senior co-captain scored in consecutive games, against Mount St. Mary’s and at Clemson, and opened the scoring Tuesday night. They were her first goals at Penn, but she now has five as a collegian -- she also scored twice at the University of Miami.
*Freshman Sasha Stephens broke out with two goals and an assist on Tuesday night; it was her second two-goal game this season, the other coming in the season opener.
*Sophomore transfer Lauren Petite also scored on Tuesday, her first goal since the season opener.
*Senior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli was upended and injured early at Clemson, which has left junior Carrie Crook to pick up the pieces -- which she has, posting shutouts in five of her first eight collegiate starts after allowing just two goals (one on a PK) against the ranked Tigers.
*In her first career Ivy League start, Crook made a career-high nine saves against two-time defending champion Harvard; she has not conceded a goal in Ivy play since then.
*Freshman Kiera Towell made her collegiate debut against VCU, stepping on at halftime of a 1-1 match and preserving the draw for the Quakers. She also saw time Tuesday night, coming on just before halftime against American.
*Freshman Maddie Dawkins’ first collegiate was the difference in Penn’s 1-0 win at USC Upstate, a match in which the Quakers outshot the Spartans 18-1.
*Sophomore Farah Otero-Amad had a goal and an assist in Penn’s win over Mount St. Mary’s, her first collegiate points.
*Sophomore Natasha Davenport and freshman Allie Trzaska -- who made her first collegiate start -- had the goals in the Quakers’ 2-1 win against previously unbeaten Temple.
*Penn opened its 2015 season -- and the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era -- with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall on August 30. It marked the fifth-straight year the Quakers have won their opener, and the sixth time in seven years.
*Stephens scored twice in her collegiate debut, notching Penn’s second and third goals. That Monday, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
*Petite also scored in her collegiate debut; she was on TCU’s roster last year but did not see any match action. Petite’s goal came less than four minutes into the contest.
*By calendar date, this year’s season opener was the earliest in program history -- in both 2007 and 2012 the Quakers opened the season on August 31. That 2007 game ended as a 1-0 win over Saint Louis, while the 2012 match was a 2-1 win over James Madison.
*Terilli -- a third-team NSCAA All-Region pick each of the last two years and first-team All-Ivy in 2013 -- owns 12 career solo shutouts, which is one shy of the program record held by Vanessa Scotto. Terilli’s career goals-against average is 0.78, second behind Sarah Banks (0.75 from 2010-12).
*The defense should once again be shored up by senior Caroline Dwyer. She was shut down after 11 matches last year due to injury, but as a sophomore she was Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year; first-team All-Ivy; first-team NSCAA All-Region; and third-team NSCAA All-America (just the second player in program history to earn NSCAA All-America recognition, after Katy Cross).
*Dwyer also is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award this year. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, this national award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletes to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
*In the midfield, Mikolai is a two-time All-Ivy honoree, including first-team honors as a sophomore, and was a third-team NSCAA All-Region selection after she led the Quakers in assists (6) last season.
*Junior Tahirih Nesmith was shut down early last season due to injury, after just two matches. As a freshman in 2013, though, she received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after finishing second on the team with nine points (4g, 1a) and serving on a defense that posted 12 shutouts and allowed just eight goals all season.