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Sophomore Goalie Laurence Gladu catches the ball off of a corner kick during the game against Rice on Sunday, Sept 19th. Credit: Sukhmani Kaur

The women’s soccer team had an eventful weekend with two victories over Villanova and Rice at home. They maintained a perfect 5-0 home record, not without incredible contributions from their sophomore goalkeeper, Laurence Gladu. 

Prior to this season, Gladu had not received any game time, so she was definitely eager to get on the field. This weekend she had shoutout performances in both games. 

In the Quakers’ game on Thursday night against Villanova, Gladu notched five saves for the third time in four matches. Her strong defensive play definitely held back the Wildcats and their leading scorer, senior forward Chloe O’Neill. 

Then, on Sunday, Gladu surpassed her previous save record, and tied a season- and career-high six saves. Though she gave up a goal and sustained a head injury during the second half, Gladu still prevailed and continued to play the rest of the half and overtime, until the Quaker victory was secured. 

Gladu and the rest of the Red and Blue will travel to Harvard to compete in their next game on Saturday at 1 p.m.