WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Penn women’s soccer team got off to a quick start Sunday afternoon, scoring twice on Georgetown in the first half. However, the undefeated Hoyas were able to gather themselves and score twice in a three-minute span -- the second on a penalty kick -- to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Quakers.
Penn is now 2-3-1 on the season, while Georgetown is 6-0-2.
“I felt like, for a long while, we played as well as we could have played,” said head coach Darren Ambrose. “We really went after them, but as has happened in the early part of the season we lost our legs a bit down the stretch and they capitalized.”
Penn attacked the Hoyas from the get-go and scored six minutes into the game when Marin McDermott capitalized on crisp passes from Molly Weir and Sarah Friedman for a 1-0 Quaker lead. The Quakers added another in the 33rd minute when Friedman, the team's leading point scorer, took a beautiful pass from Ursula Lopez-Palm and deposited it past Jackie DesJardin for a 2-0 Penn advantage.
Friedman hasfigured in nine of Penn's 11 goals this season, with two tallies and seven assists. The sophomore already has 12 assists in her career, whichputs her in a tie for eighth on the Quakers' all-time list with Andrea Callaghan.
Penn continued to create chances in the second half, as Theresa Yankovich hit the right post in the 67th minute and DesJardin made fantastic saves to deny Marisa Schoen and Weir within a minute of one another. She finished the game with four saves.
“That was one of the more unfortunate things,” said Ambrose. “We had the 2-0 lead, and we had a few more chances to really put it away and couldn’t.”
Trailing 2-0 in the 77th minute, a throw-in from Georgetown freshman Samantha Baker went all the way through the penalty area from right-to-left and found Nicole Smith waiting at the far post to smash home her first goal of the season.
Just three minutes later, Georgetown sent a long ball over the top from midfield that bounced off a Penn defender’s arm in the penalty area. The referee awarded a penalty kick to the Hoyas, and Hudson calmly stepped up and claimed her team-leading ninth goal of the season to tie the game, 2-2. Hudson's tally moved her into a tie for fourth place on GU's single-season goal scoring list.
It was a bitter moment for the Quakers, who lost on Friday night when a penalty kick was awarded to Richmond in overtime, and the Spiders converted it for the win.
Penn returns home this week, hosting UMBC Wednesday at 5 p.m. before opening Ivy League play with Harvard next Saturday at 7 p.m. on Rhodes Field.