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Two First Half Goals Lift Penn Past Yale

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Wilcox Makes Career High Seven Saves

PHILADELPHIA – The last thing the Yale women's soccer team wanted to do Saturday against Penn was fall behind early. The Quakers have one of the stingiest defenses in the nation and are quite adept at playing with the lead.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that was the scenario that played out. Penn scored twice in a 5 minute, 30 second span of the first half and went on to a 2-0 victory on a gorgeous night at Rhodes Field.

The loss drops Yale (7-5-2, 3-2 Ivy) out of a second place tie in the Ivy League.

Penn (12-2, 4-1 Ivy) has won seven straight games, outscoring its opponents 22-1 during the streak. Eleven of the Quakers' 12 wins have come by shutout.

Goalkeeper Elise Wilcox  made a career-high seven saves for the Bulldogs.

Yale had the first high-quality scoring chance when Meredith Speck was able to get behind the Quaker defense and go 1-on-1 with Penn goalkeeper Sarah Banks. Speck's shot from a slight angle was blocked by the onrushing Banks with her feet, and the Penn goalkeeper was able to keep the ball close enough that she corralled it before more harm could come.

Penn then got on the board in the 27th minute. Kathryn Barth got the ball to the endline on the left wing and sent it across the goalmouth. The ball went past two Penn strikers and Yale defenders and landed at the feet of Theresa Yankovich, who settled and struck a left-footed shot inside the near post.

Less than six minutes later, Barth gave Penn a 2-0 lead. Yankovich started the play about 35 yards out, sending a ball wide right to senior Colleen Barry, who one-timed a cross to the far post. Barth was waiting, and headed it into the goal.

The Quakers finished with a 17-6 edge in shots and a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Bulldogs return to action on Monday night when they host Saint Peter's at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity