PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team snapped a minor two-match losing skid on Monday night, defeating Loyola (Md.) 1-0 on Rhodes Field.
Juliana Provini’s goal with just seven seconds left in the first half was the difference as Penn improved to 4-3-2 on the season. Loyola fell to 4-8-1 with the loss.
The Quakers outshot the Greyhounds 13-1 in the opening period -- the Loyola effort rolling in from distance and causing Kalijah Terilli no trouble -- and were threatening throughout.
Kristen Miller had the first two chances to put Penn on the board; she got behind the Loyola defense on consecutive plays, putting it into goalkeeper Colleen Folan’s gut the first time and then ringing the crossbar the second time. Later in the half, Provini got behind the Greyhounds, but her shot from in close was pushed aside by Folan.
Provini atoned. With the clock winding down on the halftime whistle, Erin Mikolai’s corner kick was headed off the far post by Caroline Dwyer. The rebound went right in front, where Provini pushed it over the line just ahead of a defensive clearance.
That was enough, as Penn was able to keep a more dogged Loyola squad at bay in the second half for its fourth shutout this season. Terilli went the distance in goal.
Penn is home two more times this coming weekend, hosting Columbia in an Ivy League match Friday at 7 p.m. and then Navy in a non-conference match Sunday at 1 p.m.
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