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Freshman forward Janae Stewart dribbles the ball up the field towards the goal during the game against Dartmouth at Rhodes Field on Oct.16. Credit: Carol Gao

In a successful weekend for Penn women’s soccer, the team took down Dartmouth 3-1 on Saturday and Delaware State 4-0 on Monday. 

The Monday game was an easy victory for the Quakers (8-3-2, 2-2 Ivy), but Saturday's was a tougher fight. As a result of their efforts, the Quakers remain undefeated on Rhodes Field for this season.

On Saturday, the Big Green (5-5-1, 1-3) took an early lead against the Red and Blue. Dartmouth scored a goal in the third minute of the game, but it was called back after the Big Green were declared offside. Dartmouth quickly followed up with more offensive maneuvering, scoring its first official goal just nine minutes into the game. In the first half, Dartmouth took eight shots and three corner kicks, compared to Penn’s five shots and just one corner kick. 

However, the Quakers found their rhythm and were quickly able to reassert their dominance. Freshman Isobel Glass scored in the 23rd minute, assisted by sophomore Lauren Teuschl. This goal evened up the score at a pivotal time for the Quakers. 

From then on, it was smooth sailing. Neither Dartmouth nor Penn were able to score for the remainder of the first half; however, Penn emerged as the clear victor in the second. Assisted by junior Sizzy Lawton, freshman Janae Stewart sent the ball sailing past the Big Green’s goalie, scoring the Quakers’ second goal of the game. This was soon followed by another successful shot from senior Lucy Kellogg in the 72nd minute, assisted by Stewart. 

The Red and Blue achieved their next victory against Delaware State (2-11) just two days later, solidifying their record on Rhodes Field to 8-0. 

Junior Miranda Farman scored the first goal of the game just four minutes in. Not only was this Farman’s first goal of her college career, but it turned out to be the game-winning moment, as Delaware was never able to get past sophomore goalkeeper Laurence Gladu. 

The score remained 1-0 for the entirety of the first half, with the Quakers attempting a total of five shots on Delaware’s goal. However, the action quickly picked up during the second half. The Quakers took 15 shots and eight corner kicks, compared to Delaware’s two shots and one corner kick. Glass scored two goals in quick succession in the 68th and 71st minute of the game.  

In the 90th minute, the Quakers put the game away with another goal. Freshman Andrea Escobio launched a pass to senior Mia Shenk, who turned and passed to sophomore Paige Kenton. Kenton then neatly tucked the ball into Delaware’s goal.

While the Quakers' confidence may have been boosted on Monday, they return to Ivy League play on Saturday Oct. 23 against Yale. While Penn women’s soccer’s history against Yale is promising, the team will still have to fight hard to maintain its perfect record on Rhodes Field.

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