PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team used another strong start to propel past previously unbeaten Temple on Friday night at Rhodes Field, 2-1.
For the second time in as many games, Penn found the net less than four minutes into the contest. Caroline Dwyer played a ball into the Temple box that was settled nicely by Erin Mikolai. The senior captain turned and fired a shot that was saved by Temple keeper Shauni Kerkhoff, but the rebound landed right at the feet of Natasha Davenport who easily pushed it into the goal for her first collegiate tally.
The lead was doubled in the 23rd minute. Cameo Hazlewood drove down the left side and crossed a ball into the front of the goal. Allie Trzaska was able to slide to the ball just ahead of Kerkhoff, and the ball slid past the goalkeeper’s right and slowly into the goal.
Temple provided little threat through the first 70 minutes, but in the 72nd minute the Owls struck and made it game on. Elana Falcone collected a loose ball along the left side and fired a cross that Paige Rachel kneed home from about 10 yards out on the far post, past Kalijah Terilli’s left side.
The urgency on both sides ratcheted up after that Temple goal, but the Quakers regained their poise and were able to hold off the Owls for the victory.
Terilli finished the game with two saves as Penn outshot Temple, 9-7. Kerkhoff had two stops before being injured and replaced by Jordan Nash who had one in 67 minutes of relief.
Penn returns to action on Sunday, hosting Mount St. Mary’s at 1 p.m.
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