Around The League: Five teams are within a point of the Ivy League lead heading into the fourth full weekend of action. Things may shake out a little further on Saturday, as all four matches take place that day. The Quakers and the Big Green close out the day. They are preceded by Brown (2-1-0) at Harvard (2-0-1) at 1 p.m.; Cornell (0-2-1) at Yale (2-1-0) at 3:30 p.m.; and Columbia (2-1-0) at Princeton (0-3-0) at 4 p.m.
Penn vs. NJIT: The Quakers and the Highlanders are meeting for the first time in women's soccer. This is the third team Penn has played this year for the first time in history, the others were Youngstown State and Saint Francis (Pa.).
About NJIT: The Highlanders (2-10-0) split a pair of matches over the weekend, winning their Great West Conference opener over Delaware State but falling to Longwood. Camille Billing and Kylie Jones had the NJIT goals Friday. Jones is the only multi-goal scorer for the Highlanders, with two. At the other end, Anna Kornmuller has started nine matches in goal (2.22 GAA, .688 save percentage); however, Amanda Murray (1.60 GAA, .800 save percentage) went the distance against Longwood and played a half vs. Delaware State.
*Depending on how you look at it, you can argue that Penn's 9-2-0 start is the best in program history. The 2001 team was 8-1-2 through 11 matches, so they had fewer losses. However, if you count wins as three points and ties as one, as the Ivy League does, the 27 points racked up by this year's team trumps the 26 accumulated by the 2001 squad at this point.
*Penn is ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) behind Dayton, William & Mary, and La Salle.
*Penn has eight shutouts this season. Last year, the Quakers had nine. Prior to that, the last time a Penn team had nine clean sheets was 2001.
*Penn's 2-0 win at Columbia on Friday was its first win over the Lions since 2007, and its first shutout of the Lions since 2004. Sophomore Kathryn Barth and senior Theresa Yankovich had the Quakers' goals in New York City.
*Penn entered the week ranked fifth nationally in shutout percentage (.727), 14th in goals-against average (0.55), and 19th in win percentage (.818).
*Penn has won nine games in a row at Rhodes Field dating back to last season, the Quakers' longest home winning streak since they won 12 in a row bridging the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
*In addition, Penn has allowed just one goal in six home matches this season (Sept. 30 against Cornell).
*Penn began the season with five wins, all coming by shutout. The last time a Quaker team posted five clean sheets in a row was 1999 (Oct. 20 to Nov. 6). Coincidentally, that 1999 streak was broken in the NCAA Championship first round by the same program that was Penn's final victim in this most recent streak, James Madison.
*Penn was the second-to-last team in NCAA Division I women's soccer to give up a goal this season. The last team to do so was another Philadelphia squad -- La Salle finally gave up a goal on Friday after shutting out its first 11 opponents.
*Ten different players have scored Penn's 21 goals this season (five have more than one goal), and 13 different players have a point.
*Senior forward Marin McDermott -- who was the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 5 -- has a team-high five goals and 12 points.
*McDermott has 19 career goals, which ties her for sixth place on Penn's all-time list with Kellianne Toland (1998-2001) and Carolyn Cross (2002-05).
*McDermott also has 47 career points, which is 10th on Penn's all-time list in that category ahead of Cross.
*After McDermott, the next three point leaders on the Penn roster are freshmen and sophomores (Megan York, Barth, Kerry Scalora). Yankovich is fifth on the team in scoring, and then after her are three more underclassmen (Brianna Rano, Callan Parra, Erin Beck).
*York, a freshman, had two goals and an assist against Saint Francis (Pa.) and was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Oct. 3. She is second on the team with nine points (4g, 1a).
*A welcome sight on the pitch Friday at Columbia was senior forward Ursula Lopez-Palm, who played nearly a half after missing seven games with an injury suffered against Villanova.
*In goal, junior Sarah Banks has started all 11 matches this season. She has gone the distance in four of the last five outings, and has a 0.65 GAA (26th nationally) and an .828 save percentage (66th nationally) after making three stops Friday at Columbia.