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Junior Defender Emily Pringle crosses the ball to the middle to Freshman Forward Isobel Glass who knocks into the Yale goal at Rhodes Field on Oct. 23. Credit: Michael Palacios

The Quakers have extended their spotless home record to 9-0 after coming up with a big 4-0 victory against Yale on Saturday. 

After notching wins against Dartmouth and Delaware State earlier in the week, the Quakers (9-3-2, 3-2 Ivy) continued their winning ways with a shutout against a struggling Yale squad (2-12, 1-4). 

Straight out of the gate, the Bulldogs applied pressure on the Penn defense, taking two shots that were saved by sophomore keeper Laurence Gladu. She was instrumental in keeping the Yale offense at bay, making seven saves over the course of the game.

"She has the confidence to come out and play against a very good attacking nail and do her thing,” said coach Casey Brown on Gladu’s showing.  

The first goal came in the eighth minute, courtesy of junior forward Sizzy Lawton, slotting it past the Bulldog defense down the left flank. The Red and Blue maintained an aggressive approach, winning the majority of first and second balls. They were rewarded with a third goal in the 41st minute by freshman forward Isobel Glass, assisted by junior defender Emily Pringle and freshman forward Janae Stewart. 

 “We really worked on winning the balls out of the air, and not letting them play quick and transition," Lawton said. 

Lawton took center stage in the Quakers' strong performance, adding on to her first goal with another one in the 86th minute, shooting into the top right corner. The game kept spectators gripped until the final minute (quite literally), as senior forward Mia Shank gave the Red and Blue its fourth goal of the game in the 88th minute, sliding it into the top right corner of the goal off of an assist from Pringle yet again. 

With this win, the women’s soccer team extends their home winning streak, now at a 9-0-0 record. Brown, in her first year as the Quakers' coach, was extremely pleased with her team's performance. 

“Four goals, a clean sheet, and a win are three things that are hard to do in soccer, and we did all of them,” Brown said. 

She is taking it game-by-game, already looking at the learning points from this strong showing. 

Penn women’s soccer will be back in action in a road matchup on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Brown.