PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team gets back into Ivy League action this Saturday, traveling to Yale to face the Bulldogs. The match kicks off at 4 p.m., and is the first half of a doubleheader as the Penn and Yale men follow up at 7 p.m.
Around the Ivy League
Three of the four Ivy League matches this weekend will kick off Saturday at 4 p.m. In addition to Penn (1-3-0) and Yale (1-1-2), Harvard (3-0-1) is at Princeton (2-1-1) in arguably the marquee match of the weekend while Dartmouth (1-0-3) is at Columbia (2-1-1). On Sunday, Cornell (1-3-0) and Brown (0-2-2) kick off in Providence at 1 p.m.
The Series with Yale
The Quakers and the Bulldogs are meeting for the 25th time, with Yale holding a 12-7-5 lead in the series. That said, Penn is unbeaten against Yale over the last four meetings, going 3-0-1 with the tie coming last year in Philadelphia. Amazingly, Penn has not lost at Yale since 2004 (2-0-2 since), with that loss coming in overtime.
The Bulldogs (6-4-2, 1-1-2) gained their first Ivy win last Saturday, a 1-0 decision at Cornell. In fact, Yale is unbeaten in its last three Ivy matches, having tied Harvard and Dartmouth after an opening loss to Princeton. Frannie Coxe leads the Bulldogs with 10 points (3g/4a), while Sarah McCauley and Geneva Decker also have three goals. Melissa Gavin, a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, joins Coxe as the team leader with four assists. At the other end, goalkeeper Elise Wilcox -- who got the win at Cornell -- has 49 saves and a 0.47 goals-against average. Defender Meredith Speck was a first-team All-Ivy selection last year.
*The Quakers are in the midst of a three-match road trip; the Quakers were at Dartmouth last Saturday, and will be at Lehigh on Tuesday.
*Penn lost at Dartmouth, 2-0, as the Big Green scored late in the first half and early in the second.
*Juliana Provini’s pair of winners against Loyola (Md.) and Columbia propelled her to co-Rookie of the Week honors from both the Ivy League and the ECAC. It was the first conference weekly honor for a women’s soccer player this season.
*Senior Katherine Myhre got the start in goal at Dartmouth, after junior Kalijah Terilli had gone the distance in the previous five matches.
*Penn is 22-8-4 in its last 34 Ivy League matches, dating back to the 2009 season.
*Overall, Penn is 43-15-10 over its last 68 matches dating back to the 2010 season. In those 68 matches, Penn has allowed 50 goals and posted 39 shutouts.
*Penn has gone overtime three times this season, winning once and tying the other two to continue an impressive run: the Quakers have not lost a match in overtime dating back to the 2008 season, going 7-0-12 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 Erin 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.