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As the Penn women’s soccer team jogged onto the field at Penn Park, the crowd roared in approval at the start of a new season.

And the crowd got what it came to see. Penn posted a 4-0 shutout of St. Peter’s, putting on a clinic on both sides of the ball.

From the outset, Penn (1-0) dominated the game in possessions and shots as well as shots on goal. The Quakers had numerous opportunities to score on St. Peter’s (0-3) throughout the first 20 minutes of the game but came up just short time after time. Then they broke through.

In the 25th minute of action, sophomore forward Kathryn Barth scored on an assist from senior forward/midfield Kerry Scalora. Playing lockdown defense and and holding the Peacocks to just one shot the entire game, the Red and Blue never looked back. In fact, Penn outshot St. Peter’s 23-1 on the night.

Penn added to its lead in the 39th minute, on a goal headed in by freshman midfield Tahirih Nesmith, with junior forward Clara Midgley and junior midfield Kaitlyn Moore getting credit for the assist. The Quakers rolled into halftime.

An equally impressive second half followed. The midfields continued their strong play, holding the Peacocks’ offense to virtually no opportunities. Of particular note was Kaitlyn Moore’s performance, as she was very strong the entire night.

To put an exclamation point on the festivities, the Quakers added third and fourth goals in the waning minutes of the game, from Scalora and junior forward Nikoletta Georgalis respectively.

The Quakers will look to continue their stellar start against Mount St. Mary’s at Penn Park on Sunday at noon.

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