PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off a win in its opener last Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team is in action twice this weekend, hosting Temple on Friday and Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday. Friday’s match kicks off at 5 p.m., and is the first half of a doubleheader as the Penn men host No. 7 Washington in the nightcap at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s women’s match kicks off at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all soccer matches at Rhodes Field.
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Friday is Camper Reunion Night!
Calling all Penn campers! Friday’s match with Temple is Camper Reunion Night, as we are inviting the kids from our summer camps out to the game. We’ll have a poster-making station, and a halftime game for invited campers. Following the game, the Penn team will host an autograph session. Enjoy the opportunity to re-connect with your summer counselors and see them in action in a real game!
The Series with Temple
The Quakers and the Owls are meeting for the 12th time, with Penn holding a slim 6-5 lead in the series. This is just the second matchup between these city rivals since 2006; the other came in 2012, when Penn won 2-0 on Rhodes Field. After losing in each of the first four years of the program, from 1991-94, the Quakers have won six of the last seven meetings.
The Owls (4-0-0) rolled through their first three opponents, outscoring Fairleigh Dickinson, Delaware State and Loyola (Md.) by a combined 12-0. On Tuesday, Temple edged Rider, 2-1. This is Temple’s first “road” match, if you want to call it that. The Owls have already had eight different goal scorers, led by Kelly Farrell who has four tallies. Elana Falcone, Paula Jurewicz and Erin Lafferty have two goals apiece. At the other end, Shauni Kerkhoff has started every match in goal.
The Series with Mount St. Mary’s
This marks the third year in a row that Penn has met The Mount; the Quakers took a 4-0 decision in Philadelphia two years ago, and earned a 1-0 victory in Maryland last fall.
The Mount (0-4-0) opens the weekend by hosting Bucknell on Friday, before coming to Rhodes Field on Sunday. After a 7-0 loss to Lehigh to open the campaign Mount St. Mary’s has lost one-goal affairs to Rider (3-2), American (2-1) and High Point (2-1). Emma Blair has two goals for MSM, while Jenna West has three points (1g, 1a) and Nikki Pinto has also scored.
*Penn opened its 2015 season -- and the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era -- with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall. It marked the fifth-straight year the Quakers have won their opener, and the sixth time in seven years.
*Freshman Sasha Stephens scored twice in her collegiate debut, notching Penn’s second and third goals last Sunday. On Monday, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
*Sophomore transfer Lauren 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.
*Penn’s starting lineup last Sunday featured four newcomers; in addition to Petite and Stephens, senior Paige Lombard and freshman Romie Boyd were in the middle of the Quakers’ back line.
*By calendar date, last Sunday’s match 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.
*Penn’s forte in recent years has been its defense, and that figures to remain intact this season. That defense starts at the very back, where Kalijah Terilli has been the mainstay in goal for the last two years. She has been a third-team NSCAA All-Region pick each of the last two years, and was first-team All-Ivy in 2013.
*Terilli owns 12 career shutouts, which is one shy of the program record held by Vanessa Scotto. Terilli’s career goals-against average is 0.79, 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).
*Lombard is expected to be another anchor on defense. A transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.), she was expected to be in the lineup last year but suffered an injury just before preseason and missed the entire 2014 campaign.
*In the midfield, expect to see senior Erin Mikolai running the show. She 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.
*Penn will be looking to expand its offense this year, after scoring just 19 goals in 16 matches last season. A quick look at the lineup shows just five of those 19 goals returning from a year ago (Anna Estep 2, Lindsey Sawczuk 1, Kristen Miller 1, Olivia Blaber 1).
*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.
*Penn’s roster includes 10 newcomers, with nine freshmen -- Stephens, Romie Boyd, Maddie Dawkins, Cameo Hazlewood, Tori Klevan, Victoria Metelkine, Cami Nwokedi, Kiera Towell, and Allie Trzaska -- as well as Petite.