Women's Soccer Sets For Ivy Title Tilt

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team's game this weekend has already been well-documented. The Quakers meet Princeton at the Tigers' Roberts Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. to kick off a monumental and historic doubleheader on the Princeton pitch.

Penn enters the game at 4-1-1 in the Ivy League and alone in first place; Princeton is 4-2-0 and holds second place in the standings. With this being the regular-season finale, the equation is pretty simple -- if Penn wins or the teams tie, the Quakers get their second Ivy League title in four years (third overall) and receive the conference's automatic bid into the 64-team NCAA Championship field. If Princeton wins, however, the Tigers will jump ahead of Penn in the standings and claim both the championship and the NCAA bid.

Around the League: While all eyes will be on Princeton Saturday, the other six teams are also in action in this final match day of 2010. Columbia (3-2-1) and Harvard (3-3-0) get the day started with an 11 a.m. match in Cambridge. At the same time that Penn and Princeton kick off, Yale (2-4-0) will be facing Brown (1-3-2) in Providence and Cornell (1-4-1) will be hosting Dartmouth (3-2-1).

The Series with Princeton: The Tigers lead the overall series, 11-7-1, but the teams are 6-6-1 in the last 13 meetings. Penn has won two of the last three, including a 1-0 decision last year. The last time these teams met in Princeton, the Tigers won in double overtime, 2-1. In 2007, of course, Penn's Kristin Kaiser scored in overtime to give the Quakers a 1-0 win and clinch what is to date their only outright Ivy League championship. Penn's last win at Princeton came in 1998.

About Princeton: The Tigers (9-6-0, 4-2-0) stayed in the Ivy League hunt last weekend with a 2-1 overtime win at Cornell; Katie Bartholomew scored the winner. Caitlin Blosser leads Princeton with 19 points (6g, 7a), while Jen Hoy has a team-high seven goals. The Tigers also boast Alison Nabatoff, last year's Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year with Yale's Kristen Forster. At the other end, Kristin Watson has started 13 of 15 matches and boasts a 1.09 goals-against average with 62 saves.

About Penn...
*At 9-6-1 overall, the Penn women's soccer program is guaranteed its 14th straight winning season; the Quakers have never finished at .500 or below during Darren Ambrose's 11 seasons as head coach.

*A win on Saturday would also give Penn 10 victories overall this season, the second year in a row and third time in four years the Quakers reached double digits in the win column. All-time, Penn women's soccer has had seven seasons with 10 or more wins since it became a varsity program in 1991.

*When Brown scored last Saturday, it marked the first goal allowed by Penn in 442:36 of time, a span of nearly five games; the last time the Quakers has shut out four straight opponents was in 1999, when they blanked their last five regular-season opponents.

*The Quakers have eight clean sheets in 2010, the most since the program's 2001 Ivy League championship team had nine shutouts.

*Ten different players have accounted for Penn's 25 goals.

*Junior Marin McDermott had both regulation goals and assisted Penn's OT winner last Saturday vs. Brown; as a result, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week.

*Freshman Kerry Scalora was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after assisting McDermott's first goal and also scoring the winner in Penn's midweek win over Lehigh.

*McDermott and Scalora are tied for the team lead in goals (5) and points (12).

*Senior Sarah Friedman also has 12 points this season, with two goals and an Ivy League-leading eight assists. She had an assist on both of McDermott's goals last Saturday.

*Friedman now has 30 career assists, the school record. She became the program's all-time assist leader with her dish on Theresa Yankovich's goal October 1 against Cornell, moving ahead of Katy Cross who had 25 from 2001-04.

*Friedman's eight assistsput herfifth on Penn's single-season chart in that category. She holds the single-season mark, with 15 in 2008, Katy Cross had 10 in 2001,and two players had nine assists in a season -- Meg Kinney (1994) and Jess Rothenheber (2007).

*Junior Ursula Lopez-Palm had Penn's overtime winner against Brown and also the second goal in the Quakers' win over Lehigh. She is tied for the team lead with five goals.

*Yankovich and freshman Laura Oliver are tied for second on the team in assists, with three apiece.

*Also in the Ivy League statistics this week: Lopez-Palm is sixth in overall goals per game (0.38), Scalora is eighth in overall goals per game (0.33) and tied for ninth in points per game (0.80), and McDermott is tied for ninth in overall goals per game (0.31).

*Three different Penn players have had two-goal games this season -- McDermott vs. Brown and Wagner, Lopez-Palm vs. Harvard, and Scalora vs. Navy.

*Senior defenders Kaitlin Campbell and Marisa Schoen are two of the team's three captains this fall. (The other is Kristin Kaiser.) Campbell -- an honorable mention All-Ivy player in 2009 -- has started 66 of Penn's 67 games during her career, while Schoen has 58 career starts.

*Sophomore Erin Thayer has started four of the last five matches for Penn, the first starts of her collegiate career.

*Junior Caroline Williams has played all but 25 minutes in goal this season. She enters the weekend second among Ivy League players with six shutouts, third in overall goals-against average (0.94), and fourth in overall saves (59).