PHILADELPHIA - In a match that was typical of so many midweek matches, the Penn women's soccer team overcame a sluggish start and knocked off UMBC, 3-0, Wednesday at Rhodes Field.
The Quakers (3-3-1) outshot the Retrievers 14-2 in the second half -- it ended up 21-5 for the game --and scored two goals in that stanza to put this one away.
After ceding most of the play to UMBC (1-9-0) in the match's opening 10 minutes, Penn seemed to gain control of the action and never really looked back. The Quakers had three great chances in the opening half, and made good on one of them to take a lead that they would never relinquish.
The goal came from sophomore Kristin Kaiser, after she pounced on a rebound from a Mara Fintzi shot that was deflected by a defender.
"I thought we did OK," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "It is hard to play midweek, with the kids coming straight to the field from classes. But we created three superb chances, especially in the legwork leading up to them, and once we figured things out we were able to keep it going."
Penn continued to pour it on as the second half began, and the second goal came just as the match approached the hour on a spectacular effort by junior Michelle Drugan. With UMBC pressed up for a free kick, the ball was clearedtoFintziwho skipped it along toDrugan. She proceeded on a 60-yard run down the left side, and when a defender caught her she slipped the ball past that player to her right foot and lined a lasershot into the upper right corner. It was Drugan's first collegiate goal.
Junior Allyson Gordon completed the scoring in the 81st minute with her first collegiate marker, putting home a cross from Molly Weir at the near post. Tory Tripp started the play by springing Weir on the left side.
Junior Sara Rose went the distance in goal for Penn, and only needed to make two saves in garnering the clean sheet.
"We were able to get a lot of people into the game today, which gave them a chance to show what they can do," said Ambrose. "At the same time, we were able to rest some of our regulars, which was great heading into an Ivy Leaguegame after we played so many minutes last weekend."
Penn is back in action at home this weekend, beginning Ivy League play with Harvard. Match time on Saturday is 7 p.m. at Rhodes Field.