It only took 12 minutes for freshman Kitty Qu to get the signal to put on her gloves.
After her team went two goals down just minutes after the season-opening whistle, Penn coach Nicole Van Dyke called up the untested newcomer for her first taste of collegiate soccer.
That was over two weeks ago, and Qu has played every minute of action since.
“It’s cool for me because it’s taking a lot of responsibility as a freshman,” the Foster City, Calif., native said.
In the three games that followed that opening 3-1 loss to Maryland on August 28, Qu has held on to her starting spot, showing that her stint in goal was not a one-time occurrence.
And with Qu in goal, the Quakers (3-1-0) have opened their season with fantastic momentum.
With a pair of 2-1 decisions, the Red and Blue took down the previously undefeated Leopards at home on Friday before downing the Blue Hens in their first road contest on Sunday.
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So far in their young season, the Quakers (1-1-0) have seen much of the goal scoring action, both for and against them, happen within the opening minutes of their matches.
If you got to Rhodes Field 10 minutes late for Sunday’s game, then you missed a couple of things.
They say the best offense is a good defense. Sometimes, you just need a good offense. For Penn women’s soccer, that is the mantra for this new season.
Five years, two surgeries, four coaches, two schools – women’s soccer’s Paige Lombard has seen it all.
It was a trial by fire for Penn women’s soccer this weekend, as they fell victim to a powerful Maryland side led by a familiar face under the sweltering heat at Rhodes Field.
A season of tempests and droughts.
That was the volatile nature of Penn Women’s Soccer’s often-electrifying, often-frustrating 2015 campaign.
The women’s soccer program just released their schedule for the 2016 season, but you’d be forgiven if you thought they posted the wrong one.
This season’s list of fixtures looks remarkably similar to last season’s, head coach Nicole Van Dyke’s first in charge of the Red and Blue.
As spring semester ended and students prepared to embark on their various summer journeys, one women’s soccer player had reason to be especially excited.
Erica Higa, a sophomore midfielder for the Red and Blue, traveled to Rwanda alongside fellow Penn Athletics representative coach Kerry Major Carr of women’s volleyball and around ten other Penn students and faculty as part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Rwanda Gashora Program.
The program was created to explore the possibilities of using solar energy and information communication technology in low-resource communities in developing countries.
On Saturday, mere hours after Penn football triumphed in front of a raucous home crowd, the women’s soccer team faced Princeton on Rhodes Field.
Penn women’s soccer has nothing to lose.
It was storybook night for one of the Ivy League soccer teams playing in Providence this weekend. Unfortunately, that team wasn’t Penn.
Halloween is the time for instilling fear in others, and the women’s soccer team looks set to terrify all who stand in its way.
But these buckets aren’t being interpreted in the traditional sense. Instead, they’re taking the form of bucket hats, and Penn women’s soccer has a surprising amount of them.
It’s do or die for women’s soccer. And do they will.
With three games to go in Ivy League play, the Red and Blue (5-3-5, 0-1-3 Ivy) find themselves fifth, but in clear striking distance of third place.
Two Penn freshman – football’s Christian Pearson and women’s soccer’s Sasha Stevens – were named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week in their respective sports Monday.
It was a dark night at Rhodes Field on Saturday, and not just because the lights went out.
After grabbing the lead early in the second half and waiting through two game delays due to technical trouble, Penn women’s soccer came within 19 seconds of registering their first Ivy League win of the season.