PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team plays its final non-conference match of the 2014 season on Tuesday, making the short trip to Lehigh for a meeting with the Mountain Hawks. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The Series with Lehigh
The Quakers have dominated this series, holding a 13-1-1 lead over the Mountain Hawks. That said, the draw came last year at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia, a 1-1 decision. Prior to that, Penn had won 12 in a row in the series, most recently in 2010 (2-0) and 2011 (3-0).
The Mountain Hawks (4-5-5) are winless in their last six (3 losses, 3 ties) after a 1-0 loss to Colgate on Saturday. Lehigh's only other match against an Ivy team came on October 8, a 4-1 loss to Princeton. Grace Correll and Darby Wiegand have four goals apiece for the Hawks; after that, the rest of the team has just two. In goal, Ani Nahapetian (31 saves, 0.52 GAA) and Ashley Blanks (25 saves, 1.21 GAA) have basically shared goalkeeping duties, Nahapetian playing just20 minutes more than Blanks.
*The Quakers conclude a three-match road trip with this game; they were at Dartrmouth on October 18, then at Yale on Saturday.
*Penn’s next match will be Saturday, at home against Brown. It’ll be Senior Night, with their recognition taking place prior to the 5 p.m. kickoff.
*Penn tied Yale last Saturday, 1-1, as the Quakers scored in the first half and the Bulldogs answered in the second.
*Freshman Juliana Provini had Penn’s goal in New Haven, giving her a goal in three of the last four matches she has played and a point in four of her last five appearances.
*Provini -- who has a team-high three goals -- was co-Rookie of the Week from both the Ivy League and the ECAC after hitting match-winning goals in consecutive victories over Loyola and Columbia.
*Junior Erin Mikolai assisted Provini’s goal at Yale, giving her a team-high four assists this season.
*Junior Kalijah Terilli went the distance in goal at Yale, making five saves -- including one in the dying seconds of overtime -- to preserve the draw.
*Penn is 22-8-5 in its last 35 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*Overall, Penn is 43-15-11 over its last 69 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 69 matches, Penn has allowed 51 goals and posted 39 shutouts.
*Penn has gone overtime four times this season, winning once and tying the other three (including Saturday) to continue an impressive run: the Quakers have not lost a match in overtime dating back to the 2008 season, going 7-0-13 in extra time during that span.
*After Haley Cooper and senior Kaitlyn Moore -- who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Delaware -- Penn’s other goal scorers this season have been underclassmen: sophomores Ana Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk, and freshmen Provini, Anna Estep and Kristen Miller.
*Penn went 12-1-4 last season, setting a program record for fewest losses in a season, and took second place in the Ivy League at 5-1-1, behind only Harvard (7-0-0).
*Penn shut out 12 of its 17 opponents last season, a .706 percentage that was fourth nationally; three years ago, the Quakers led the nation in shutout percentage.
*Penn allowed just eight goals last season, good for a 0.44 goals-against average that was fifth nationally.
*Penn head coach Darren Ambrose is in his 15th season at the helm; he entered the 2014 season 34th among active NCAA Division I coaches in winning percentage (.650) and 39th all-time at the NCAA Division I level.
*Junior defender Caroline Dwyer was a third-team All-America last year, just the second Penn player to be so honored by the NSCAA (Katy Cross was a second-team All-America in 2001).
*That recognition has not gone unnoticed in the preseason, as Dwyer was one of 13 underclass women named to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List. The MAC Hermann Trophy is given to the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate players.
*Dwyer also received plenty of preseason recognition from TopDrawerSoccer, including second-team All-America; 21st on its list of the nation’s top 100 players; and second among the Ivy League’s top 20 players.
*Penn returns two other first-team All-Ivy players from last year besides Dwyer; fellow juniors Terilli and Mikolai. They were listed fifth and 20th, respectively, on TopDrawerSoccer’s preseason Ivy Top 20, while sophomore Tahirih Nesmith was listed 14th. (Only Harvard had more players than Penn’s four on the TDS Top 20, with five.)
*Terilli, a goalkeeper, enjoyed a stint in the United States Under-23 camp this summer. She is a junior at Penn, but has sophomore eligibility after missing her entire freshman campaign to injury.
*Chevtchenko, meanwhile, continued her play with the Russian National Team throughout the summer.
*Seniors Moore, Cooper and Clara Midgley are this year’s captains.