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Despite getting as many shots as their opponents, sophomore forward Emma Loving and the rest of the women's soccer squad failed to put the ball in the net

Credit: Ananya Chandra

Despite their hard work and relentless efforts, Penn women’s soccer was unable to defeat George Mason this weekend in a 2-0 loss. This was the Quakers' final match before beginning Ivy League play this coming Saturday.

Both teams tallied 12 shots on goal, yet Penn could not answer the Patriot’s two second-half goals. The Quakers' shots were led by Katharine Larson, Emma Loving and Sasha Stephens, with each registering two shots on goal.

At first, the Quakers were able to keep George Mason scoreless and hold the game to a tie after four corner opportunities were called in the first 12 minutes of play. Senior Erica Higa’s pass to Larson in the 24th minute on the front line was a good opportunity for Penn to get on the board, but it was blocked by the Patriots' goalkeeper, Louisa Moser.

Later in the first half, freshmen Ellie Bryant and Chase Geffert both produced shots on goal, but could not find the back of the net. Momentum seemed to pick up for the Red and Blue right before halftime, but the shots on goal were either sent wide or were blocked by the goalkeeper. 

The Patriots came out with a bang in the second half scoring in the 47th minute of play. At this point, the Quakers knew they had to regroup and fight back to come home with a victory.

In the 70th minute, rookie Jadyn Wilenski, Loving and Larson all took shots on goal in attempts to tie up the game, but all were saved by George Mason’s goalkeeper who proved to be a powerhouse in her own right. 

Despite Penn’s persistence, the Patriots' Erin Mason Mitchell scored in the 83rd minute of play to make it a two goal victory for George Mason. The shot was taken about 10 yards from the goal and was placed in the upper righthand corner, a shot that is a tough save for any goalkeeper to make.

Penn will open Ivy League play against Harvard this Saturday in Cambridge at 1 p.m.