Women's Soccer Shut Down by Dayton, 2-0

Penn-Dayton Box Score (PDF)

Lehigh-SJU Box Score (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - The Dayton women's soccer team came to Rhodes Field this weekend as the defending champion in the Atlantic 10 and the preseason favorite to repeat. They left on Sunday having left little doubt of their prowess, knocking off Penn 2-0 to claim the tournament title.

Penn fell to 2-2-0 with the loss; the Flyers improved to 6-2-0 with the win.

Penn was outshot by Dayton, 16-7, and Quaker goalkeeper Caroline Williams was busy all day as she had several spectacular saves among her seven stops. In the first half, she was equal to all three Dayton efforts on goal, highlighted by a pair of saves she made against the Flyers' leading scorer, Colleen Williams, on breakaways.

Penn nearly got on the board in the opening minute of the second half, when midfielder Theresa Yankovich nodded a header that bounced over Dayton goalkeeper Katherine Boone before hitting the post and bouncing harmlessly back to Boone.

Just a few minutes after that, however, Dayton got on the board. A ball was served in from the left side, and from the far post Juliana Libertin played it back across the goalbox. Jerica DeWolfe corraled the ball about 12 yards out and fired a shot past Williams' left side.

While Penn grew increasingly frantic with the passage of the minutes, Dayton's Williams got yet another breakaway with a little more than 17 minutes to play and once again Williams came up big with a diving stop. However, a little more than a minute after that, Williams finally broke through. Off a corner kick, a failed clear landed at Williams' feet and she placed a shot into the netting from in close.

Dayton continued to press the action after that, but Williams had a pair of superb stops down the stretch to keep the score at 2-0.

In Sunday's other match, Lehigh blitzed Saint Joseph's with four goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half, overcoming a 1-0 halftime deficit and rolling to a 4-1 victory. Glynn Fitzer had two goals and an assist to lead the Mountain Hawks.

For Penn, Williams was named the tournament's outstanding goalkeeper award while Kaitlin Campbell and Marisa Schoen earned all-tournament nods. The complete all-tournament team is below.

Penn hits the West Coast next weekend for a pair of games, playing Cal State-Northridge on Friday and Loyola Marymount on Sunday.

2010 Penn Invitational All-Tournament Team
Kelly Blumenschein, Dayton
Jerica DeWolfe, Dayton
Emily Kenyon, Dayton
Colleen Williams, Dayton
Lena Cannon, Lehigh
Glynn Fitzer, Lehigh
Genna Pepe, Lehigh
Kaitlin Campbell, Penn
Marisa Schoen, Penn
Steph Lawall, Saint Joseph's
Maggie Lupinski, Saint Joseph's

Download: Penn Invite Match4.pdf