PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team ventures back out of Ivy League on a rare Monday kickoff, facing Loyola (Md.) in a game that will start at 7 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
The Series with Loyola (Md.)
The Quakers and Greyhounds are meeting for the sixth time overall, but the first time since 2005. Penn holds a 3-2 lead in the series, but Loyola holds the most recent win (3-0 in 2005). That is the only match of the five that was not decided by one goal.
About Loyola (Md.)
The Greyhounds (4-7-1) are coming off a 1-0 loss at Army on Saturday night. Jessica Van Dyke leads Loyola in scoring, with four goals and an assist for nine points. Rosy Hayes and Jess Soldiviero have scored twice each, while Charlotte Miller leads the Greyhounds with three assists. At the other end, Colleen Folan has made 42 saves and boasts a 1.22 goals-against average.
*Penn lost at Cornell on Friday night, 3-2, despite goals by Haley Cooper (her first this season) and Ana 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.
*Erin Mikolai, one of Penn’s three first-team All-Ivy players from a year ago still on the team, assisted Cooper’s goal for her second assist of the season.
*Freshman Juliana Provini picked up her first collegiate point on Chevtchenko’s goal, getting credited with the assist.
*Penn allowing three goals to Cornell on Friday was 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).
*Last Saturday, Penn opened Ivy League play 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.
*Prior to the Harvard match, Penn had a road weekend in which it shut out both of its opponents, tying VCU 0-0 and then beating Delaware 1-0.
*Senior Kaitlyn Moore -- who missed the Quakers’ first four games this season due to injury -- saw her first action off the bench at VCU, then scored the only goal in the win over the Blue Hens.
*The Quakers’ other goalscorers this season have been underclassmen – sophomores Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk, and freshmen Anna Estep and Kristen Miller. Sawczuk also has an assist this season.
*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, junior Kalijah Terilli has gone the distance between in goal for the Quakers in the 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.