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W. Soccer blanks Lehigh

(10/23/96 9:00am)

Led by midfielder Anne Davies,Led by midfielder Anne Davies,Penn recorded its secondLed by midfielder Anne Davies,Penn recorded its secondshutout of the season, defeatingLed by midfielder Anne Davies,Penn recorded its secondshutout of the season, defeatingthe Mountain Hawks, 3-0 The Penn women's soccer team kept rolling along yesterday afternoon as it had little trouble in disposing of Lehigh by the score of 3-0. The Quakers (4-6-2) recorded their second shutout of the season while extending their streak without a loss to three games, going 2-0-1 in that span. The first half was characterized by sluggish but dominant play for the Quakers as the Mountain Hawks (3-11) were unable to capitalize on the few chances given to them by Penn's seasoned defense. Baker felt that the Quakers' early loss of focus was due to having played their last match six days ago because of the rain cancellation of the match against Cornell this past Friday. Both teams took little initiative in controlling the possession of the ball. Penn junior forward Darah Ross changed that by converting a breakaway into Penn's first goal of the game 40 minutes into the first half. That was the only fuel the Quakers would need. "Darah's goal kind of settled us down a little bit," Baker said. "The second half, it was all on their half [of the field]. It was just a matter of time before we're going to get another." Mysteriously, the field in the second half seemed half its normal size as Penn was able to effectively centralize the ball around the Mountain Hawks' net. The midfield, led by the strong play of Anne Davies, was able to key the offense, which resulted in two second-half goals. The first came off the foot of sophomore forward Kelly Stevens with the assist by freshman forward Jill Callaghan, who later added her first goal of the season with the assist from Davies. "Anne Davies had a great game at central mid -- she had a phenomenal game," Baker said. "She's been a warrior the last couple of games." The Quakers, for the first time this season, consistently kept possession and moved the ball around while penetrating and taking advantage of their opportunities. The flood of offense characterized by the Quakers was exemplified by this statistic: they outshot Lehigh, 22-3. Key to the Quakers' success was the continued consistency of Davies. Playing center midfielder, Davies knocked the ball through the Mountain Hawk line giving the offense the opportunities it needed. However, the real key to the game was the overall improvement of the offense. By working on finishing in front of the goal in practice, the offense hit home with three decisive goals. Baker feels that the addition of the Callaghan twins, Andrea and Jill, and the change in his tactics of playing a 4-4-2 lineup are the two ingredients, as shown in yesterday's game, that will allow Penn to make a run at the end of the season after its slow start. With four of their last five games being against Ivy League opponents, the Quakers have plenty of chances to better their previous best -- a 1-5-1 Ivy League mark recorded last season. However, it will be up to the motivation of the team and its leadership to make a dominant run.

W. Soccer to feature healthy lineup vs. Lehigh

(10/22/96 9:00am)

After fighting through the past week without a loss for the first time this season, the Penn women's soccer team (3-6-2) will travel to Lehigh (3-10) this afternoon with the hope of continuing its streak. Last year, the Quakers stole the show by scoring four goals in the second half of the game to earn a 5-1 victory over the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh has had a rough year, especially in the Patriot League, in which the Mountain Hawks are winless in five games. After losing its top player, forward Dia Johnson, who graduated, Lehigh has relied heavily on sophomore forward Kathryn Chrnelich, who leads the team with 10 points. Penn's recent string of success began on the October 12, when the Quakers defeated Ivy League foe Columbia, 3-2, in overtime and followed with a 1-1 tie against Villanova four days later. The Quakers' anticipated matchup against Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., last Friday was canceled and probably will not be rescheduled until mid-November. After the two overtime games, the rested Quakers expect to be ready for Lehigh. Penn's starting lineup will be healthy for the first time this year. In the past four games, the Quakers defense has slowly but surely tightened up -- going from allowing five goals to three to two and finally giving up only one goal in their last game. The increasing consistent play of defenders Heather Herson, Dean Kocivar-Norbury, Jill Brown and Jacky Flood has given the team a solid foundation for the team to improve on. Penn coach Patrick Baker's "bend-but-don't-break" defense hopes to shut down the Mountain Hawks just like it did last year. "We are playing some of our best soccer down the stretch," Baker said. "I think that is what is important. We are able to gel and play well towards the end of the season." Penn has also increased its offensive output, but still has not reached its full potential. Even though the Quakers clearly dominated American, Columbia and Villanova in total number of shots, the results have not been as convincing -- 1-1-1 record in that span. Baker used the end of yesterday's practice to concentrate on putting the ball away to where it should go -- the back of the net. "It is frustrating that we are not finishing," Quakers forward Kelly Stevens said. "We have obviously had the opportunities, but I think it is just concentration and confidence that we need to use to finish." With the goal of improving on last year's team record of 8-6-2, the Quakers, led by six seniors, are feeling the urgency to win now. "We are ready to go," Herson said. "If we can beat Lehigh [today], the rest of the season will be in an upward movement."

W. Soccer edges Columbia and earns tie with Villanova

(10/17/96 9:00am)

This past week, the Penn's women soccer team made a turn in the right direction by working overtime to beat Columbia on Saturday and tie Villanova yesterday. The Quakers (3-6-2, 1-2 Ivy League) recorded a 3-2 win over the Lions (9-2,1-2) followed by a 1-1 tie with the Wildcats (6-8-1). Columbia marked Penn's first win in the Ivy League this year, tying its previous record for most conference wins in a season. After giving up a goal to the Lions, the Quakers fought back with two of their own, one by Andrea Callaghan and the other by Tina Cooper. Callaghan's third goal of the season put her in the team lead for goals despite missing almost half of Penn's games. Columbia could not be held back, however, scoring a goal off a cornerkick and causing the game to be forced into overtime. Penn's dominance in overtime shown through as Darah Ross assisted Kelly Stevens game winner. "It was a great win," Penn coach Patrick Baker said. "Columbia came in ranked 8-1. The only other team to score three goals against them was Harvard, now No. 12 in the country. To get that first 'W' [in the Ivy League] was huge." Yesterday afternoon, the Quakers took the Wildcats to a double overtime draw while appearing in their first ever Comcast televised soccer match. In another historical mark, the game was Penn's first in not losing to their inter-city opponents, while giving them an undefeated mark this year in Philadelphia of 2-0-1. The earlier wins came in games against La Salle and Temple. The motivation of both teams lacked in the beginning minutes of the game, causing both coaches to worry about their teams ability to stay focus having just come off their fall breaks. Things changed fast as both teams started to keep possession of the ball, making effective crosses and limiting the amount of touches on the ball. After going into half at 0-0, both teams knew that the game was up for grabs. The Quakers started off strong with solid play by Lindsey Carson, Drew Osler, and Jill Callaghan, allowing Jacky Flood at 63:00 into the game to send a long shot right over the hands of the out of position Wildcat goalkeeper. However, less than two minutes later Villanova's Nikki Pasillico kicked a dribbler that slipped past Jodoin at 64:40 for a goal, the last one on the day. The rest of the game portrayed a continuation of solid Quakers ball movement and the inability to put it into the net. Stevens, Cooper, and Yuka Morita each had many possibilities of game winners that did not fall.

Disappointing season continues for W. Soccer

(10/07/96 9:00am)

No. 17 Crimson puts Penn awayNo. 17 Crimson puts Penn awaywith three goals before halftime The Penn women's soccer team's disappointing season added another chapter yesterday, as undefeated Harvard blanked Penn, 5-0, in a game that may have been even more lopsided than the five-goal differential indicated. From the start, the Crimson showed all of the initiative, but were soon met head on by the Quakers (2-5-1, 0-2 Ivy League). The surge did not keep Penn in the game for long. Harvard midfielder Emily Stauffer, the 1995 Ivy League Player of the Year, turned a scramble for the ball in the box in the seventh minute into the Crimson's first goal of the game, the only one they would need. From that point on, Harvard (6-0, 3-0) dictated the flow of the game. With a deflected header by Brynne Zucarro assisted by Dana Tenser at 23rd minute of the game, the Crimson took a 2-0 lead. In the 34th minute of action, Stauffer added her second goal of the contest with a high volley that whizzed by the hands of Penn keeper Amy Jodoin, sending Harvard into halftime with a commanding 3-0 lead. "Anytime you get a couple-goal lead, you can relax a little bit," Harvard coach Tim Wheaton said. "We were trying to establish the control of the game, keeping the ball and playing our style." The anti-climactic second half showed little initiative on either side. The wind had definitely been knocked out of the Quakers' sails as the lack of opportunity led to frustration and disgust. In the second half, Penn midfielder Lindsey Carson was charged with a yellow card after knocking down one of the Harvard players that was dribbling the ball around her. The Crimson's domination continued with two second-half goals, one by 1995 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Naomi Miller and the other as a result of a penalty kick from Beth Zotter. "The real solid plays we stopped," Penn forward Yuka Morita said. "The little bouncers, the miss-hit, miss-kicked balls and things like that, they got. They were not solid, great goals, but then again you don't need great goals to win a game." Harvard, it seemed, could do no wrong. The Crimson were making effective crosses and limiting Penn's touches on the ball. They showed good control and effective playmaking as the Quakers were only able to get one shot off from inside the box. Penn relied heavily on the play of Jodoin in the net and the help of the crossbar, deflecting a half-dozen shots. "Trust me, if we have anyone else in there besides Amy, the score is more than 5-0," Penn coach Patrick Baker said. Harvard's perfect record remains intact and its No. 17 national ranking should hold up or improve. The game extends the Crimson's undefeated Ivy streak to 17 games, and, more importantly, it keeps them in the race for back-to-back Ivy championships.

Stauffer, Harvard will be a tough matchup for W. Soccer

(10/04/96 9:00am)

The Quakers have never beaten the No. 17 Crimson, who carry a 16-game conference winning streak into Sunday's match As the Penn women's soccer roller-coaster season continues, it finds itself hurdling one obstacle after another. After escaping with a 1-0 win over Temple Wednesday, the Quakers find one of their biggest roadblocks still in the way -- Harvard. The heated battle will take place at Penn's Rhodes Field at noon on Sunday. Not only are the Crimson (5-0, 2-0 Ivy League) the reigning Ivy League champs, the boasters of a 16-game conference unbeaten streak dating back to the beginning of the 1994 season and the holder of a 5-0 record this season, but they handed the Quakers one of their worst defeats last year in Cambridge, Mass., by a final score of 6-2. The victory added to the perfect 5-0 series record held by the Crimson against Penn. "I actually was going to get tossed out of the game, because the officiating was a little sketchy that day," Penn coach Patrick Baker said. "My assistant was recruiting, so there would have been no one to coach the team. I kind of had to keep tight-lipped the rest of the game." Harvard, currently ranked No. 17 in the coaches' poll, is led by of four preseason all-conference players, '95 Ivy League Player of the Year Emily Stauffer, '95 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Naomi Miller, sophomore defender Jaime Chu and junior midfielder Karen Gudeman. Stauffer led the league last year with 13 goals and 35 points and has already recorded six goals and three assists this year. "Player for player, I will make no qualms about it, they are better individually on paper than we are," Baker said. "Emily Stauffer in my opinion is the best player in the league. Gudeman had a good game against us last year. Naomi Miller broke our hearts two years ago as she choose Harvard over Penn." The Quakers are especially hoping to put on a good show this weekend, because they will also be playing host to six of the top 25 recruits in the country. "Honestly, Harvard's records don't mean anything," Penn senior forward Yuka Morita said. "On any given day, any team can win. It just depends on playing strong as a team." The Quakers have switched to a 4-4-2 defensive formation to counteract Harvard's offensive power. "It's a matter of getting our heads into the game and wanting to win it," Morita said. "It is possible. Our team is capable of doing anything. It just depends on how we are focussed on that day. To beat them would be sweet justice."

After four years, W. Soccer finally defeats Temple, 1-0

(10/03/96 9:00am)

"It was a very timely win," Penn women's soccer coach Patrick Baker said after his team's 1-0 shutout victory over Temple yesterday afternoon. It was Penn's first ever win in the Penn-Temple series that now stands at 1-4 in favor of the Owls. The victory leaves the Quakers with a 2-4-1 record on the season. The Quakers currently also hold a 2-0 record against Philadelphia schools with the previous win coming at the expense of La Salle. "One of our goals has been to be the best team in Philadelphia," Baker said. "We have got one more [against Villanova] to get to." At halftime, the game was scoreless. "I told them that we were doing some pretty good things," Baker said. "We were dictating the flow of the game." Obviously, Baker was right because, only one minute, 35 seconds into the second half, Andrea Callaghan sent a shot into the net. It was her first score of the season and later proved to be the game-winner. "It was a perfect pass from Heather, and I ran onto the ball and beat the goalie, shooting it into the net," Callaghan said. "It was an angled far-post shot from 18 feet." It was Callaghan's, along with her twin sister Jill's, second game on the field since returning from an illness. "I knew that when we put in the Callaghans that there would be a difference," Baker said. "They both got in and behind their defenders the first time that they touched the ball." Due to their sickness and the consistent play of the players in the starting lineup, the Callaghans watched the beginning of the game from the bench. Penn's ability to bring high-caliber players off the bench definitely gave the Owls difficulties. "When most people see a substitution, they think it is a lesser player coming on the field because they are a substitute," Baker said. "In the Callaghan situation, that is not the case. They are the like the equal of Yukes [Yuka Morita] and Kelly [Stevens]. Andrea and Jill came in and made a difference." For the Callaghans, it is like the good old times out on the field again. "I love playing with my sister," Andrea Callaghan. "I feel that I play better when I am out on the field with her." Their ability to fit right in with the team shows a lot toward the team's distinguished character. "We are happy with everyone," Andrea Callaghan said. "They were keeping us in good spirits. When we went into the Monmouth game, everyone was cheering. They are happy to see us back and helping out." Not only did the stellar freshmen play come from the Callaghan twins, but also from goalkeeper Amy Jodoin, who recorded her first shutout of the year. But their were plenty of contributions from the veterans, as well. "It was the three seniors that got us out of the back field: Jill Brown, Wendy Bass, and Heather Herson," Baker said. However, Baker prefers to draw attention to the entire team as a whole. "We actually played 90 minutes and were committed to the cause," he said. "Everybody got in, and everybody made a difference. That is what is important."

Owls look to beat Penn for fifth time

(10/02/96 9:00am)

"This is a huge game," Penn women's soccer coach Patrick Baker said. The game Baker is referring to is this afternoon's Penn-Temple matchup. The Quakers (1-4-1) are looking to awaken their sleeping season of distraught while the Owls (3-6), who are coming in fresh off back-to-back wins over St. Bonaventure and St. Joseph's. In the two schools previous four meetings, Temple has won every game. "They are playing with confidence. They are 4-0 and probably saying that since [Penn] has not beaten us in the regular season, let's not let it happen this year," Baker said. "I am sure that they are going to be ready for us. This is probably going to be one of the more physical teams that we are going to play." Temple is led by senior forward Kim Fitzgerald, who became the Owls' all-time leading scorer with 29 career goals this past Saturday after recording a hat trick in a 4-2 win over St. Bonaventure. Her current season total is five goals, which includes three game-winning scores. Fitzgerald scored one goal the last time the two teams played in 1994, which resulted in a 5-2 Temple victory. "We played them in the spring and beat them at their place, 3-1, without Darah Ross or Jill Brown," Baker said. "So I feel good about it." For the Quakers, looking at a 1-4-1 record is not very appealing. "It's frustrating, because we are a lot better than what our record indicates," Ross said. "Hopefully, we will be able to turn things around tomorrow." It is the point in the season when Baker is going to have to make some calls. "We are in a catch-22," Baker said. "Do you stay with the old guard because you know what they can do -- they just have not hit all cylinders yet? Or do you try to shake things up and get a fresh new start? "I would take anybody right now! We need all 11 players to be on the same page on the field at one time. Some players like Ross, Kelly Stevens, Yuka Morita, the Callaghans and Jen Scott, are going to have to be the players that are going to have to find the net for us." The twin high school All-Americans -- Andrea and Jill Callaghan -- are finally healthy after recovering from a muscle enzyme deficiency that left them in the hospital. "They are going to play," Baker said. "There have been other players training and working hard all year long. At what point in time do you insert two players that have been working their way back, but are not all the way there yet? But yeah, they are going to get some time." "Everyone is really excited now that the Callaghans can play again," Ross said. "I think that they will be able to help us a lot and make an impact right away." Baker praises the seniors for continuing to fight despite the team's losing record. "I compliment our group a lot," Baker said. "A lot of people look at our 1-4-1 record. We could be pointing fingers, but we're not. I give our seniors a lot of credit because they show by example. Our seniors have been very open about the coaching saying, 'Coach, we just want to win.' "It has to be one of the most upbeat 1-4-1 teams. It is nothing that a win can't cure, and I hope we get that tomorrow."

W. Soccer gets first win at LaSalle

(09/19/96 9:00am)

If there ever was a time when someone needed to step-up and take control of the Penn's women soccer team, it came yesterday, when La Salle's Christine Gough shot a low roller into an open net 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the second half to give the Explorer's a 1-0 lead. The Quakers suddenly realized they might get sent home with an 0-3 record, and responded. "When they scored, I think that was our wake-up call," coach Patrick Baker said. "I asked them is anybody going to step-up and play?" Luckily for the Quakers, this message resonated. Six minutes later senior forward Yuka Morita dribbled the ball passed to her by midfielder Katie Flood around the goalie and with a flick of the foot lined a shot into the back of the net. "I thought Yukes played exceptionally well today," Baker said. "Yuka was buzzing around up front. She [Yuka] did it in the first half and in the second half as well. "I knew I had to put it away," Morita said. "We had gone down to their level and needed something to start us off. After that everyone picked up their game. Darah [Ross] had a nice goal. We were not playing together and as soon as we got our confidence we started playing the way we are capable of playing." Despite not converting a few fastbreak opportunities she had in the first half, Morita, Penn's second all-time leading scorer, put on her fancy moves for Penn's first goal of the game. Sparked by Morita, Penn's momentum continued to build as Ross, Penn's all-time leading scorer, rocketed an unassisted far post shot that went flying by the goalie, putting the Quakers up 2-1 with 8 minutes, 36 seconds remaining. La Salle's frustration showed when the referee issued one of its top players, senior midfielder Laura Winchester, a yellow card in the final minutes. The next whistle came with 0:00 showing on the clock signalling Penn's first win of the season, leaving them with a 1-2 mark. Although the Quakers won, Penn's performance lacked vigor. "La Salle was in the game more than we were," Baker said. "They were knocking people over, and we were letting them push us around. It was not pretty. By no means am I satisfied with our play, but the result today was what was important." For Yuka Morita, even though she did not start, this game gave light to the great possibilities that await her and the team for the rest of the season. "Yukes needed that for her confidence, being a senior," Baker said. "She is a two-time all-Ivy player that did not even start a game for us last season because of injury and sickness. This was a huge confidence booster for her. Yuka was a happy camper. She is definitely going to get the nod to start on Saturday."

Penn will try to end losing ways against La Salle

(09/18/96 9:00am)

As this young soccer season gets under way, the Penn women's soccer team finds itself staring at an 0-2 record, anxious for a win to get it moving in the right direction. The Quakers' schedule might have the answer, though. Next up for Penn is today's meeting against La Salle, who have only won one once in five tries. Before the season started, the Explorers (1-4) looked like a relatively unimportant game. But due to the Quakers' slow start, the match takes on increased significance. "We need a win -- ugly or pretty," Penn coach Patrick Baker said. "We need to jump on chances and play tight defense." Penn can only hope for a repeat of last year's success against the Explorers. Las year at Penn, these two teams battled for 90 minutes to a 0-0 stalemate. It was not until the second overtime that the Quakers were able to put two goals into the net. The Explorers have gotten off to an unimpressive 1-4 start so far in the 1996 campaign. Last Wednesday, La Salle fell to Seton Hall, 1-0. The Explorers, coached by Craig Dorman, are a little down from last year in talent and in numbers, as their roster is down to just 15 players. However, the Explorers still have three quality players -- senior defender Krista Garberina, sophomore forward Christine Gough and senior midfielder Laura Winchester. Defense has allowed the Explorers to remain close in games, but its inability to get the ball in the net has been the main cause this year for them to be behind when time has run out. The season started with a tough loss to nationally ranked William & Mary on Friday. After a what Baker called an excellent practice on Saturday, the Quakers came out charging against their foes of Old Dominion on Sunday but came up short with a 3-2 loss. "They bent and bent, but did not break," Baker said. After this disappointing weekend, Baker's looking to refine the team's technique and he plans to shake-up the lineup by starting a few freshman. "Everyone was to blame [for the poor start] and they have to collectively make it better," Baker said. One particular problem that has plagued Penn in the early going has been its porous defense. In just two games, the Quakers have given up 11 goals. "We need to keep possession of the ball and work on our defense," junior midfielder Darah Ross said. The players know that its imperative that they get their first win under their belt. "This [game] will be the turning point for our team," senior forward Yuka Morita said.