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Kerry Scalora's Post-Game Interview
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team defeated Saint Joseph's, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Rhodes Field.
The win pushed the Quakers to 4-0-0 on the young season, with all the wins coming via shutout. The only other time that has happened in the program's history was 1998, when Penn started with five shutout wins, added a 0-0 tie, then won another game via shutout for a 6-0-1 start.
Coming off a big win at PPL Park Friday night over Villanova, the Penn women were a little sluggish in the first half, and Saint Joseph's nearly took advantage. The Hawks (1-3-2) outshot the Quakers in the opening stanza, 9-5, putting four of them on goal. Of particular note, consecutive SJU shots were saved off the line by defenders Erin Thayer and Colleen Barry, preserving the tie and Penn's shutout streak.
Penngained itsform in the second half, outshooting SJU 10-4.
The Quakers broke through just as the match approached the hour mark. Laura Oliver got her body in front of a Saint Joseph's clearance near midfield, and quickly sent a ball wide to Kerry Scalora. Scalora swooped down the left side and fired a cross that got through a Hawk defender and goalkeeper Christine Neal. Kathryn Barth was waiting on the other side, and slid to volley the ball into the net. It was the sophomore's second goal this season.
Just six minutes after that, Scalora took it upon herself to double Penn's lead. Taking a free kick from the outside right, she fired a left-footed effort on goal. There was enough traffic in front of Neal that the SJU goalie lost track of the ball, and it bounced harmlessly past her right side, inside the far post.
From there it was up to the Penn defense to preserve the shutout. That was done as the back four of Barry, Thayer, Adrienne Lerner and Alex Dayneka kept Saint Joseph's at bay. In front of them, freshman Kaitlyn Moore had a sensational day. Sarah Banks once again got the start and had two saves, while Caroline Williams played the second half and made her only stop a nifty one, parrying away a shot to the far post.
Penn is off to Virginia next weekend, playing at James Madison Friday at 7 p.m. and at George Mason Sunday at 2 p.m.
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