Lawrenceville, N.J. Senior Katy Cross recorded three goals and an assist to help lift the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Rider University. The Quakers (7-4-2, 3-0-1 Ivy League) extend their unbeaten streak to eight games and have shut out opponents in four of the last five contests.
“It was a game of two halves. In the first half, [goalkeeper] Anna Halse kept us in the game. Despite a 2-0 lead, we weren’t playing at a very high level and Rider was knocking on the door more often we would have liked,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “But to our credit we stepped it up in the second half and became a much, much more dangerous team.”
Cross opened the scoring for the Quakers at 10:47 and was able to feed junior Carolyn Cross just under nine minutes later to give Penn a 2-0 advantage. Senior Lauren Bome also picked up an assist on the goal. However, the Broncs weren’t backing down, outshooting Penn 9-5 in the first half.
Penn came out firing in the second half and continued its drive as junior Robin Watson converted her second penalty kick of the season to put the Quakers ahead, 3-0 at the 58:08 mark. The scoring continued in the 64th minute as Katy Cross sent home a Katie Campbell pass. Cross netted her third and final goal at 75:15. Cross, who has nine goals, six assists and 24 points, has recorded three or more points in four games this season.
Rider (9-4-2) held a slight 15-14 shot advantage, but was unable to find the back of the net. Halse, ranked fourth in the country in goals against average, made seven saves for the Red and Blue in her fifth shutout of the season. Her Broncs counterpart, Kim Carter, made five stops.
Penn looks to remain undefeated in Ivy League play as it travels to Yale on Oct. 23. The Quakers will be back on Rhodes Field on Oct. 27 to face Lehigh.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.