Women's Soccer Hosts Lehigh Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - It was a good day Saturday if you're a follower of the Penn women's soccer team. The Quakers got a win at Yale, 1-0, thanks to Sarah Friedman's first-half goal. The news got even better as the night progressed, as the two teams in front of Penn in the Ivy League standings both lost -- Columbia to Dartmouth, 2-1, and Princeton to Harvard, 4-0. As a result, Penn finds itself in a first-place deadlock with the Lions at 3-1-1, while the Tigers and Crimson are both 3-2-0.

Before they can give their full attention to the final two Ivy League games, however, the Penn women are home Wednesday night for their final non-conference game of 2010. The Quakers host Lehigh at 5 p.m. in the first half of a Rhodes Field doubleheader (the men host Penn State at 7:30).

The Series with Lehigh: The Quakers won the first meeting between these teams, on Sept. 30, 1991; the Mountain Hawks returned the favor exactly one year later. Since then, Penn is 8-0-0 against Lehigh, with the most recent victory coming Oct. 27, 2004 at Rhodes Field, 3-1.

About Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks (8-3-4) are actually making their third trip to Rhodes Field this year; in September they were part of the Penn Invitational where they lost to Dayton in overtime and beat Saint Joseph's 4-1. Most recently, Lehigh clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth with a pair of 1-1 ties against Navy and American over the weekend. Liz Carlos has led a balanced attack, she has six goals and 14 points. Glynn Fitzer also has 14 points, with four goals and six assists, while Natalie Hojnacki and Lena Cannon have four goals each. Overall, Lehigh has had 11 different goalscorers in 2010. At the other end, Lauren Mains has a 1.06 goals-against average and 57 saves.

About Penn...
*Penn has shut out its last three opponents, a first for the season; the Quakers have seven clean sheets overall in 2010, and a shutout streak of 318:08.

*Ten different players have accounted for Penn's 20 goals.

*Sarah Friedman had Penn's goal at Yale on Saturday; that pushed her into the team's point lead with 10.

*Friedman has 28 career assists, the school record. She became the program's all-time assist leader with her dish on Theresa Yankovich's goal October 1 against Cornell, moving ahead of Katy Cross who had 25 from 2001-04.

*Friedman, who had a run of assists in four of five games earlier this season, entered the week tied for third among Ivy players in overall assists per game (0.46).

*Three different Penn players have had two-goal games this season -- junior Ursula Lopez-Palm vs. Harvard, freshman Kerry Scalora vs. Navy, and junior Marin McDermott vs. Wagner.

*Scalora leads Penn with four goals this season, while McDermott and Lopez-Palm have three each.

*Scalora has been the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season; she also has an assist this season and is second on the team with nine points.

*Freshman Laura Oliver is second on the team with three assists this season.

*Sophomore Erin Thayer has started the last three matches for Penn, the first two starts of her collegiate career.

*Among Ivy League players, Friedman is fourth in overall assists per game (0.43) and 10th in overall points per game (0.71) while Scalora is tied for sixth in overall goals per game (0.31).

*Junior Caroline Williams had played every minute in goal this season except for the final eight minutes against Wagner, when she relinquished the cage to sophomore Rachel Resek.

*Williams was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Sept. 10-12 at the Penn Invitational by the participating coaches.

*Williams entered the week second among Ivy League players with six shutouts, third in overall goals-against average (0.92), and fourth in overall saves (55).

*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 64 of Penn's last 65 games, while Schoen has 56 career starts.