PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team opened Ivy League play last Saturday with a 2-0 loss at two-time defending champion Harvard. This Friday night, the Quakers play their first Ancient Eight home match of 2015, as they host Cornell at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Colon Cancer Awareness Night
The Penn women’s soccer team is designating Friday’s match as Colon Cancer Awareness Night, a cause that holds special meaning to the members of the team.The Penn (and possibly Cornell) players and staff will wear dark blue wristbands during the match to recognize the cause, and dark blue ribbons will be handed out by the marketing staff at a table near the main fan entrance of Rhodes Field. Fans also will be encouraged to make a donation, which in turn will be made to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center to help fund cancer research.
Ivy League Digital Network
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Around The League
Penn and Cornell open the weekend of action on Friday. The other six teams play on Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. when Harvard (1-0-0) is at Yale (0-0-1) and Brown (0-0-1) is at Columbia (0-1-0). At 7 p.m., Princeton (1-0-0) and Dartmouth (0-1-0) kick off in Hanover, N.H.
The Series with Cornell
The Quakers hold a commanding, 16-7-1 record over the Big Red, and in fact had gone 16-0-1 over a 17-year span. That streak ended last year when Cornell defeated Penn, 3-2, in Ithaca. Another streak is on the line this year, as Penn has not lost to Cornell in Philadelphia since 1995.
The Big Red (8-0-2, 1-0-0 Ivy) is one of just two unbeaten teams left in NCAA Division I women’s soccer, with the other being the team ranked No. 1 in the country this week (North Carolina). What’s most amazing, however, is that when Wagner scored against Cornell in its most recent match, it was the first goal conceded ALL SEASON by the Big Red. Elizabeth Crowell and Paige DeLoach have three goals each to lead the Cornell attack, while Jessica Ritchie has scored twice. At the other end, Kelsey Tierney is the backstop of this formidable Big Red defense; she has a 0.10 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.
*Penn has gone 13-1-1 over its last 15 Ivy League matches on Rhodes Field, dating back to the 2010 season.
*Penn returned just four players who scored last season to this year’s roster. None of them have scored yet this season, 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 senior defender Paige Lombard; the senior co-captain scored in consecutive games, against Mount St. Mary’s and at Clemson. They were her first goals at Penn, but her third and fourth as a collegian -- she also scored twice at the University of Miami.
*Freshman Maddie Dawkins had Penn’s goal in its 1-0 win at USC Upstate on September 13. It was a just result for the Quakers, who outshot the Spartans 18-1 in the match.
*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 two of her first three collegiate starts after allowing just two goals (one on a PK) against the ranked Tigers.
*Last Saturday at Harvard, Crook made a career-high nine saves against the Crimson.
*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.
*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.
*Freshman Sasha Stephens scored twice in her collegiate debut, notching Penn’s second and third goals last Sunday. That 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.
*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.
*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 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.