October 3, 2007

Around the Ivies: W. Soccer

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After one week of Ivy League play, Penn and Columbia — who are two of the four teams off to a 1-0 start — are on top of the women’s soccer standings. Here is a recap of all of the games played by Ancient Eight teams this past week.

The Quakers opened up their Ivy League schedule with a 1-0 win over Cornell on Friday night. Penn — who improved to 6-2-1 overall with the win — dominated Cornell in virtually all aspects of the game, outshooting the Red 11-1 and taking 10 cornerkicks to Cornell’s 0. The lone goal was scored by a Cornell defenseman who was attempting to head the ball out of the box but directed it into the back of the net instead.
The Quakers completed a perfect weekend with their 2-0 win over Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J. last Sunday. Sophomore midfielders Jess Rothenheber and Jessica Fuccello each scored a goal in the victory.

The Lions defeated Ivy League rival Brown, 1-0, on Friday in both teams’ conference opener. Columbia freshman sensation Chrissy Butler recorded the lone goal of the contest — her fourth of the young season. It was the Lions’ fifth shutout over the first nine games and are now 23-3-3 over their last 29 home matches.
Columbia then traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. and defeated Iona, 4-0, on Sunday to improve its overall record to 6-2-2. Sophomore midfielder Sophie Reiser scored two goals and assisted another to lead the Lions.

The Bulldogs posted their third straight shutout, a 1-0 victory over Boston University on Tuesday night at home. Junior Maggie Westfal scored the game-winning goal in the 14th minute and two different Yale goalkeepers combined to make three saves to preserve the shutout.
Westfal wasn’t finished scoring, however, as her team-leading fifth goal of the season 3:04 into the overtime period gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 win over Harvard in both teams’ Ivy League opener on Friday.

The Tigers cruised to a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart on Wednesday night behind junior Jen Om’s team-leading third goal of the season.
The squad then traveled to Hanover, N.H. on Saturday night and proceeded to take down the Dartmouth Green, 2-1. Senior defender Melissa Whitley scored the first goal of her career and the eventual game-winner after heading a corner kick into the back of the net. Head coach Julie Shackford also tied for the all-time winningest soccer coach at Princeton with her 136th career win.

The Crimson snapped a four-game winning and shutout streak in a thrilling 2-1 overtime loss at Yale in front of a raucous crowd of over 1200 spectators. Junior Rachel Lau scored her first goal of the season to tie the game up at 1-1 eight minutes into the second half before Yale’s Westfal won the game in overtime.

Sophomore Kellie Slater and junior Lindsay Cunningham each scored her first goal of the season to help give Brown its first win of the season, a 2-0 shutout over Maine on Tuesday night.
Despite holding a 13-12 advantage in shots, the Bears fell 1-0 to Columbia on Friday night in its Ivy League opener.
The women were not fazed, however, as Brown promptly recorded its second win of the year on Sunday, defeating Army 2-1. Cunningham notched the game-winner in the 82nd minute.

Green freshmen Peyton Tata and Sarah Bromley scored goals two minutes apart, early in the first half to lead the Green past New Hamphire, 2-0, on Tuesday night.
Despite a late goal from sophomore Maggie Goldstein, the Green dropped its Ivy League opener to Princeton, 2-1 at home.