Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team opened Ivy League play in exciting fashion by shutting out Harvard, 1-0, this afternoon.
“I’m so very proud of this group for battling through the first part of the season against the caliber of teams we played. I know today’s win is only one game and we still have a long way to go, but it’s a start,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “Harvard is a very good team and I think that our victory shows that we are a very capable team.”
Senior Katy Cross scored the game’s lone goal at 33:12 tapping in the ball after a scramble in front of the net. Fellow senior Rachelle Snyder was credited with an assist on Cross’ fourth goal of the season. The Crimson (2-4-2, 0-1-0 Ivy League) controlled much of the first half, outshooting the Quakers (2-4-1, 1-0-0 Ivy League), 10-5, but Penn turned up the defensive pressure holding them to just three shots the rest of the way. Senior Anna Halse made eight saves on the day for her first shutout of the season, while Harvard’s Katie Shields made four stops.
The Quakers hit the road for two games this week beginning with crosstown rival La Salle on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. The Red and Blue resumes Ivy League play on Oct. 2 as they travel to Cornell for a 2 p.m. start.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant