PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team is home for its third straight match on Sunday, hosting a traditional regional power in William & Mary at Rhodes Field. The Quakers and the Tribe are scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m.
The Series with William & Mary
Penn and William & Mary have met three times, most recently last season when the teams tied, 0-0; that was also the result in the 2001 meeting. The first matchup came in 1996, when the Tribe rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Quakers. Sunday’s match will mark William & Mary’s first trip to Rhodes Field; the previous three matches all took place in Williamsburg.
The Tribe (3-1-1) are coming off a 4-1 win over Richmond on Wednesday, as Samantha Cordum and Aly Shaughnessy scored twice each. Cordum leads W&M in scoring, with two assists to go with her two goals for six points, while Shaughnessy and Haley Kavanaugh both have two goals and an assist. Four other players have scored once for the Tribe this season. In goal, Caroline Casey has played every minute and made 21 saves while tallying a 1.70 goals-against average.
*Penn most recently played on Thursday, when the Quakers tied Saint Francis (Pa.) 1-1 at Rhodes Field. Sophomore Ana Chevtchenko had the Quakers’ goal, her first collegiate tally.
*Last Sunday, Penn overcame a two-goal deficit against Old Dominion at Rhodes Field, scoring twice in the second half before freshman Kristen Miller netted the winner with just 12 seconds left in the first overtime period.
*Miller’s goal was her first as a collegian, as was the goal scored by the woman who tied the match (freshman Anna Estep).
*Sophomore Lindsey Sawczuk-- who assisted Chevtchenko’s goal on Thursday -- scored Penn’s first goal last Sunday, her second as a collegian. Her first goal? It came last year, also against Old Dominion.
*Speaking of that, last Sunday’s match was eerily similar to Penn’s match with ODU last year, when the Lady Monarchs scored the first two goals before the Quakers rallied to gain a 2-2 draw.
*Penn has gone overtime in each of its last two matches, winning one and tying the other to continue an impressive run: the Quakers have not lost a match in overtime dating back to the 2008 season, going 7-0-11 in extra time during that span.
*Penn opened the season with a 1-0 win at Mount St. Mary’s. On a night where the Quakers outshot the Mount, 18-1, the only goal in the match was an own goal.
*Senior Katherine Myhre and junior Kalijah Terilli have played at least a half in all three matches, with Myhre starting the last two (after Terilli started the opener) and then Terilli holding down the fort through the second half and extra time.
*The Ivy League teams may start later than the rest of the country, but that hasn’t stopped Penn in recent years; the Quakers have started off 2-0-0 each of the last four years and five of the last six seasons.
*Penn went 12-1-4 last season, setting a program record for fewest losses in a season, and took second place in the Ivy League at 5-1-1, behind only Harvard (7-0-0).
*Penn shut out 12 of its 17 opponents last season, a .706 percentage that was fourth nationally; three years ago, the Quakers led the nation in shutout percentage.
*Penn allowed just eight goals last season, good for a 0.44 goals-against average that was fifth nationally.
*Penn is 41-10-9 over its last 60 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 60 matches, Penn has almost as many shutouts (36) as goals allowed (37).
*Penn head coach Darren Ambrose is in his 15th season at the helm with a 140-68-32 record; he entered the 2014 season 34th among active NCAA Division I coaches in winning percentage (.650) and 39th all-time at the NCAA Division I level.
*Junior defender Caroline Dwyer was a third-team All-America last year, just the second Penn player to be so honored by the NSCAA (Katy Cross was a second-team All-America in 2001).
*That recognition has not gone unnoticed in the preseason, as Dwyer was one of 13 underclass women named to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List. The MAC Hermann Trophy is given to the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate players.
*Dwyer also received plenty of preseason recognition from TopDrawerSoccer, including second-team All-America; 21st on its list of the nation’s top 100 players; and second among the Ivy League’s top 20 players.
*Penn returns two other first-team All-Ivy players from last year besides Dwyer; fellow juniors Terilli and Erin Mikolai. They were listed fifth and 20th, respectively, on TopDrawerSoccer’s preseason Ivy Top 20, while sophomore Tahirih Nesmith was listed 14th. (Only Harvard had more players than Penn’s four on the TDS Top 20, with five.)
*Terilli, a goalkeeper, enjoyed a stint in the United States Under-23 camp this summer. She is a junior at Penn, but has sophomore eligibility after missing her entire freshman campaign to injury.
*Chevtchenko, meanwhile, continued her play with the Russian National Team throughout the summer.
*Nesmith is the team’s leading returning scorer; she had four goals and an assist for nine points.
*Seniors Haley Cooper, Clara Midgley and Kaitlyn Moore are this year’s captains.