PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team entered Wednesday’s match with Temple sporting an unbeaten record. And a quick glance at the stat sheet afterward indicated that things went to form -- the Quakers outshot the Owls, 21-3, and had four corner kicks to Temple’s two.
However, the numbers on the scoreboard told a different story. Thanks to a goal from Wendy Halina midway through the first half and another by Kersha Walker late in the match sealed the deal and gave Temple (3-5-0) a stunning, 2-0 victory in Ambler, Pa.
The story was Temple goalkeeper Liz Tarasevich, who came up with 14 saves to garner the shutout.
Halina’s goal came when collected a ball from Kersha Walker and fired a left-footed shot into the upper right hand corner of the goal. At the other end, Tarasevich earned six saves in the match's first 45 minutes.
Penn came out with a renewed aggressiveness in the second half and was able to keep the Owl defense extremely busy and on its heels for most of the period. Tarasevich, however, proved equal to the task time and again.
Then, with just under five minutes remaining, Temple capitalized on its one opportunity of the half to put the match away. Charisma Wright collected the ball on the Temple 40-yard line and sprinted down the left sideline until she found Walker waiting in front of the goal. The junior played with the ball for a bit and then blasted it past a diving Cailly Carroll.
Molly Weir had five shots for Penn coming off the bench, while Jess Rothenheber and Mara Fintzi each put three on goal.
Penn moves into Ivy League play this weekend for the first time, meeting Harvard Sunday at 1 p.m. on Rhodes Field.