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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team won its second straight game via shutout, defeating Delaware 2-0 Sunday night at Rhodes Field.
The last time Penn started the season with a pair of shutout wins was 1998. The Quakers also shut out their first two opponents in 2006, but one of those matches ended in a 0-0 tie.
Penn scored quickly in its season opener on Friday, gaining early control in a 3-0 win over UMBC. On Sunday, it took a grand total of 99 seconds for the Quakers to get on top of their opponent. Kerry Scalora sent a ball in from the left side that senior Ursula Lopez-Palm headed from near the penalty spot. The header found its way past Delaware goalkeeper Breanna Stemler's right side andtucked inside the left post.
The lead was doubled in the 25th minute, as senior Marin McDermott took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Blue Hens. Brianna Rano sent a ball in from the right side that sailed over McDermott and a Delaware defender. Another defender was on the receiving end and attempted to head it away. She only succeeded in heading it to McDermott, though, who slotted the gift inside the left post.
That was all the offense Penn would need, as Sarah Banks and Caroline Williams once again combined for the shutout. Banks was forced to make a routine save in the first half, and for the second time in as many matches Williams went without a save in relief.
For the game, Penn outshot Delaware 11-3 and took seven corner kicks to just one by the Blue Hens.
Penn's next game is sure to be a treat for soccer fans in the area, as the Quakers meet Villanova at PPL Park, the home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, on Friday at 7 p.m. Penn is back home next Sunday, hosting Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m.
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