PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team is ready to kick off the 2014 season. The Quakers are at Mount St. Mary’s to get things started on Friday night at 7 p.m., then return home on Sunday to face Old Dominion on Rhodes Field at 2 p.m.
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The Series With Mount St. Mary’s
The Quakers and the Mount met for the first time last season in Philadelphia, with the Quakers rolling to a 4-0 victory.
The Series with Old Dominion
Penn and ODU met last year and finished in a 2-2 tie in Norfolk, Va. In that match, the Lady Monarchs scored the first two goals -- the first two goals Penn had allowed in the season, in its sixth match -- before the Quakers scored the last two to salvage the draw. The previous two meetings came in 1995 (a 2-1 Penn win in Philly) and 1996 (a 3-2 ODU win in Williamsburg, Va.).
*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 39-10-8 over its last 57 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 57 matches, Penn has more shutouts (35) than goals allowed (34).
*Penn is 21-5-4 in its last 30 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*Penn has not lost to an Ivy League team at home since a 2-1 loss to Columbia on Oct. 8, 2010. Since then, the Quakers are 11-0-1 on Rhodes Field against Ivy opposition, the tie coming last year against Yale.
*Penn head coach Darren Ambrose enters his 15th season at the helm with a 140-68-32 record; he is 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 Kalijah 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.
*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.