If you're going to a Penn women's soccer game this year, don't expect a high-scoring affair. The defense just won't allow it.
A strong back end has been crucial in the Quakers' success thus far this season, and it will surely play a big factor in this weekend's key conference matchup against Dartmouth (6-5-0, 0-3-0 Ivy).
Coming off their sixth shutout of the season against Delaware State on Tuesday, the Red and Blue (7-3-1, 1-2-0) have compiled some impressive defensive stats so far.
It’s easy to get lost on the way to Hanover, but, after the painful circumstances of their last contest, Penn men’s soccer will be laser-focused on returning to the right path.
The most interesting thing about this weekend’s Penn-Columbia football game is going to be the memories.
In sports, it is good to have a short memory.
So far this season, Penn women’s soccer has shown that's exactly what they have, downing non-conference opponent Delaware State on Tuesday night, 4-0, following a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Columbia over the weekend.
This was a rough one.
Fresh off an impressive 5-0 drubbing of Cornell a week ago, Penn men’s soccer was dealt a crushing double-overtime loss in their second Ivy contest Saturday, falling 2-1 to Columbia.
The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team started off Ivy League play with a bang yesterday, defeating rival Cornell on the road in a back-and-forth overtime affair.
Right from the opening whistle, the intensity and importance of the match was on display with fouls and cards being assessed evenly to both sides.
On a day when everything else in the Ivy League went right for Penn, one moment was enough to break the spirits of women’s soccer.
Until two weeks ago, Penn men’s soccer had drawn the most matches in the country. Almost entirely unbeaten, the Quakers were also winless.
The moment the whistle blew, it was off to the races for Penn women’s soccer.
The Quakers managed to put up three goals in the first seven minutes while paying a visit to American on Tuesday in their 4-0 win over the Eagles.
Penn men’s soccer head coach Rudy Fuller has had dozens of assistant coaches in his tenure at the school since his arrival 19 years ago. And out of that cast, in a true testament to Fuller’s leadership and coaching prowess, four of them have become head coaches — either at other D-I programs, or professionally.
After a demoralizing loss to Harvard last week, it was hard not to wonder if last year’s scoring draught had returned to haunt the Penn women’s soccer team.
“Ivies are another level” Coach Fuller said during his preparation for his team’s next big game.
This Sunday at 4 pm, Penn’s men’s soccer team will be heading up to Ithaca to face Cornell.
Statistically, on paper, it seems as though events are repeating themselves. Penn coach Nicole Van Dyke, understandably, feels differently.
It took them seven games, but Penn men's soccer finally got it done in regulation Saturday. Emphatically.
A controversial foul call in the 29th minute proved to be the difference on Saturday, as Harvard senior Midge Purce’s penalty kick gave the Crimson a 1-0 victory over the Quakers in the Ivy League opener.
An old foe but a new attitude.
On Saturday at 7pm, Penn men’s soccer welcomes cross-town opponent Drexel for the 42nd installment of a rivalry that, as coach Rudy Fuller puts it, is “unique.”
What makes the Drexel-Penn rivalry so unique?
Penn men’s soccer followed I-476 with the goal of reaching Bethlehem. But, unlike the three wise men, their purpose was to take and not to give.
It’s a footrace.
Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu is off her line the second the ball slips past her defenders, but is not quick enough to see it secured into her hands.
On Saturday, the players and coaches of Penn men’s soccer were greeted by friendly faces on their opponent’s sideline.
In 2008 and 2013, Rob Irvine was on the sideline as the Penn men’s soccer team won the Ivy League Championship.