Women's Soccer Upended by Navy, 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA - For the second time this weekend, the Penn women's soccer team engaged in a highly entertaining match that saw a lot of offense. Unfortunately for the Quakers, this time they came up on the short side of the score, as Navy escaped Rhodes Field with a 3-2 victory.

Navy improved to 6-5-0 with the win, while Penn fell to 4-4-0 overall.

Penn outshot Navy, 23-8, and really put the pressure on after giving up the third Midshipmen goal. However, Marin McDermott was just off the mark with a pair of efforts, and Kristin Kaiser's header just wide of the post were apt finishes on this day. Nevertheless, Navy's second-half goalkeeper, Alexes Lopez-Shaw, made six saves to secure the victory.

Penn came right at Navy from the start, but it was the Middies who got on the board first. In the 10th minute, Carissa Youker sent in a corner kick that Amanda Serfass headed into the goal at the back post.

Penn leveled things in the 39th minute. Laura Oliver, who enjoyed a superb day up front, was rewarded for her play when she sent a ball to Kerry Scalora at the top of the box from the right side. Scalora collected the pass, turned the ball to her left foot and fired the ball just inside the left post past Navy's first-half goalie, Hannah Legler.

Penn went up in the 65th minute, and again Scalora was the goalscorer. This time, a through ball by Sarah Friedman found an onrunning Marin McDermott. McDermott's shot rang the crossbar but came back out and landed at the feet of Scalora, who calmly settled the ball and pushed it in from 12 yards out. Friedman's assist on the play was her third in the last four games, and it gives her 25 for her career. That ties the school record for assists in a career along with Katy Cross (2001-04).

The lead lasted less than three minutes. Off a free kick, Navy's Kate Herren sent a ball in from the right side that Kelsey Learned headed back across the goal out of a scrum. Navy's winner came less than eight minutes after that, when a Britta Vivaldi breakaway shot was stopped by Caroline Williams but rebounded to Youker. She had nothing but net and easily scored the winner.

Williams had three saves for Penn.

The Quakers will return to action with another Ivy/military weekend, this time in upstate New York. The Quakers are at Cornell Friday night, then play at Army Sunday.

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