Women's Soccer Uses Fast Start, Beats American 5-0

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team entered Tuesday night’s match with American in the midst of a scoring drought that extended nearly 580 minutes.

It took the Quakers all of 1:46 to end it, and then the floodgates opened. It was 2-0 before the match was 10 minutes old, 3-0 after 22 minutes, and 4-0 through 25 minutes. That proved to be more than enough in a 5-0 win over the Eagles.

With the win, Penn improved to 5-3-4. American fell to 4-8-2. The five goals marked the Quakers' best offensive output since an 8-0 win over NJIT in 2011.

Paige Lombard ended the lengthy drought. She found herself wide open in front of the American goal as a Sasha Stephens corner kick came in, and the senior defender headed it home.

Stephens made it 2-0 less than 10 minutes later. A Shannon Hennessy ball was played in from the right side, and headed by an American defender onto Stephens’ feet. She settled it, then rocketed a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounded off the ground over the line.

Stephens added her second in the 22nd minute. An attempted clearance by American in front of its goal was deflected by Erin Mikolai and went straight to Stephens’ head. She calmly nodded it into the goal. Shortly after that, Lauren Petite made it 4-0 when she caught the keeper off her line and put a shot over her head from about 30 yards out.

With an Ivy League match coming up Saturday against Dartmouth, Penn was content to sub liberally after that. Lindsey Sawczuk scored the Quakers’ fifth goal just after the hour mark, when her free kick from the left side bounced through a pack of players and inside the far post.

Penn outshot American on the night, 25-4. Carrie Crook and Kiera Towell split time in goal and shared the clean sheet.

Penn will finish the season with four-straight Ivy League matches, starting this Saturday when the Quakers host Dartmouth at 5 p.m. That match will be the first half of a Rhodes Field doubleheader, as the Penn and Big Green men will kick off after the conclusion of the women’s match.

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