Philadelphia, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team opened the season with a bang Sunday night, getting two early goals en route to defeating Rider University, 2-1, at Rhodes Field.
The Quakers (1-0-0) dominated the first half and got on the board quickly when sophomore Rachel Fletcher slotted home a feed from senior Jen Price in the 7th minute. Senior Carolyn Cross added a second goal eight minutes later, shooting point-blank off a cross from Fletcher. The Broncs (0-2-1) got their lone goal in the 63rd minute when sophomore Brittney Smith chipped a ball over senior goalkeeper Jess Keeley from 20 yards out.
“We’re a good possession team,” noted Head Coach Darren Ambrose. “When we play the possession well, we’re hard to beat. We now want to eliminate our second-half mistakes.” With the win, Ambrose earned his 50th career victory coaching the Red and Blue.
Penn outshot Rider by a 14-4 margin, while the Broncs held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Keeley made one save for Penn, while sophomore Kim Carter stopped four for Rider.
The Quakers will return to action on Sept. 8 when they play Loyola Marymount as part of the Princeton Invitational at 7:30 p.m.
-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant