Ithaca, N.Y. The trio of Katy Cross, Rachelle Snyder and Carolyn Cross teamed up on the offensive end to lift the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer to a 3-0 victory over Cornell this afternoon. Snyder paced the Quakers with two goals while Carolyn Cross had two assists. Katy Cross tallied a goal and an assist as the Red and Blue move to 2-0 in the Ivy League.
“It’s the most complete performance we’ve put together this year and we played really well,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “We found our rhythm, created a lot of chances and looked very dangerous every time we went forward. Our defense really shut the door today. The backs and midfielders Lydia Bojcun, Rachel Fletcher, Robin Watson and Lauren Bome played very good defensively, which led to a lot of offense for us.”
“We’re off to a good start in the League, but we know that every game will be a challenging contest. We’re happy to be where we are, but we have to continue to play at this level in order to keep moving forward.”
Penn (4-4-1, 2-0 Ivy League) took control of the game early on as Katy Cross tallied her fifth goal of the season in the 14th minute putting in the rebound off her own shot. Just six minutes later, Carolyn Cross found Snyder in front of the open Big Red (4-3-2, 1-1 Ivy League) net to put the Quakers up 2-0. Cross again hooked up with Snyder just 10 minutes into the second half to take a comfortable, 3-0, lead.
The Quakers, in their highest offensive performance of the season, outshot Cornell 14-9 and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Anna Halse made five stops in her second shutout of the season.
Penn is back in action on Oct. 9 as it hosts Columbia at noon on Rhodes Field.