A person like Van Dyke needs no artificial stimulant to prepare for an Ivy League matchup. She feeds off the pressure.
But even for a tenured coach with her track record and experience, a little pre-match anxiety can show up every once in awhile.
It was a good weekend on the field for Penn Athletics, and that's translating to hardware off the field as the Quakers enter the week.
On Monday, football's Justin Watson was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, while men's soccer's Dami Omitaomu won City Six Rookie of the Week honors.
There’s something in the psyche of the athlete that’s unleashed when the rain starts falling, the sun disappears, the temperature plummets, and the field lights illuminate puffs of breath from red-faced players.
Forget about home-field advantage. On the road is where Penn women’s soccer thrives, extending their unbeaten stretch to 4-1-0 while traveling.
Consistency at the top is the key for any team with hopes for a title. However, for Penn women's soccer, staying consistent within the Ivy League is becoming a challenging task.
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On Saturday, the Penn Women’s soccer team travelled to Dartmouth College for a must win matchup after falling in overtime 1-0 to current Ivy League Front Runner Columbia just one week prior.
If you're going to a Penn women's soccer game this year, don't expect a high-scoring affair. The defense just won't allow it.
A strong back end has been crucial in the Quakers' success thus far this season, and it will surely play a big factor in this weekend's key conference matchup against Dartmouth (6-5-0, 0-3-0 Ivy).
Coming off their sixth shutout of the season against Delaware State on Tuesday, the Red and Blue (7-3-1, 1-2-0) have compiled some impressive defensive stats so far.
In sports, it is good to have a short memory.
So far this season, Penn women’s soccer has shown that's exactly what they have, downing non-conference opponent Delaware State on Tuesday night, 4-0, following a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Columbia over the weekend.
On a day when everything else in the Ivy League went right for Penn, one moment was enough to break the spirits of women’s soccer.
The moment the whistle blew, it was off to the races for Penn women’s soccer.
The Quakers managed to put up three goals in the first seven minutes while paying a visit to American on Tuesday in their 4-0 win over the Eagles.
After a demoralizing loss to Harvard last week, it was hard not to wonder if last year’s scoring draught had returned to haunt the Penn women’s soccer team.
Statistically, on paper, it seems as though events are repeating themselves. Penn coach Nicole Van Dyke, understandably, feels differently.
A controversial foul call in the 29th minute proved to be the difference on Saturday, as Harvard senior Midge Purce’s penalty kick gave the Crimson a 1-0 victory over the Quakers in the Ivy League opener.
It’s a footrace.
Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu is off her line the second the ball slips past her defenders, but is not quick enough to see it secured into her hands.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Penn Women’s Soccer is thinking just that heading into the weekend coming off a three game winning streak.
The Quakers (3-1) will look to continue their dominance of late when they host Towson and neighbors Drexel on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The Red and Blue are coming in with loads of momentum right now, after picking up two solid wins this past weekend at Delaware and home for Lafayette.
Considering they have yet to even take their first college midterm, a pair of Penn freshman athletes had quite precocious weeks for their respective teams.
Women’s soccer’s Emily Sands and Volleyball’s Caroline Furrer both picked up Ivy League Rookie of the Week Awards following high-scoring performances that led their teams to winning nonconference weekends.
Sands played a part in three out of the four Quaker goals this weekend.
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.
A week into the year, it's time to say definitively who is good and who is not. What has impressed you most so far from Penn Athletics?