Women's Soccer Names Captains for 2012

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer program has announced its captains for the 2012 season. Senior Erin Beck will serve in that role for the second straight year, and be joined by classmate Alex Dayneka and junior Claire Walker.

"We have a great balance in the personalities of our captains," said Head Coach Darren Ambrose, the program's all-time winningest coach who enters his 13th season overseeing the Quakers. "Again, we have a younger player in Claire who has already shown herself to be a capable leader among her peers. Alex has such a great work ethic and leads by example. Erin benefitted from her experience as a captain last year, and I think she learned a lot of valuable lessons that will help this leadership trio this year.

"They have done a great job through the spring, and I think they represent many of the values we see as central to the success of our program. I am confident they will be great leaders for this team."

Beck started all 17 games in the central midfield last season, earning first-team All-Ivy and second-team all-region from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). She scored goals against UMBC and Princeton, and had assists against the Retrievers as well as Youngstown State. For her career, Beck has played in 44 matches, starting 38, and has four goals and two assists.

Dayneka was hindered by injuries last year, and ended up playing in 13 matches (starting nine). She was a member of a Quakers defense that finished the season leading the nation in shutout percentage (.765) and set school records by allowing just seven goals and posting 13 shutouts. In three seasons, Dayneka has appeared in 44 matches, starting 21, with a goal and four assists.

Walker played in 16 of Penn's 17 games last season, starting each of the last eight as a central defender and sitting midfielder. In addition to her efforts helping the Red and Blue's standout defense, she had assists against Cornell, NJIT, Lehigh and Princeton. In two seasons so far, the junior has played in 21 matches, starting nine, with five assists.

Penn finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 14-2-1. It was the best record, by win percentage, in program history and it tied the 1997 team for most overall wins. In Ivy League play, the Quakers went 5-1-1 -- a better record than their 4-1-2 championship season of 2010 - as they finished second to Harvard (6-0-1). Penn scored 39 goals, the second-most in program history. At the other end, the Quakersallowed just seven, far and away the fewest in program history (the previous mark was nearly double that, at 13).

In addition to leading the nation in shutout percentage, Penn also finished third nationally in goals-against average (0.41), sixth in win percentage (.853), and seventh in save percentage (.887).