In its third conference contest, women’s soccer (6-4-2, 0-2-1 Ivy) fell 1-0 to red-hot Penn (7-1-3, 2-1 Ivy) on Saturday.
The Quaker offense got off to a fast start with a corner kick in the first four minutes of play and put the Light Blue in a hole off an own goal during a chaotic scrum. It was the Lions’ first goal surrendered at home since their loss to Monmouth, and it forced them to adopt an aggressive strategy throughout the rest of the match.
Columbia first-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer did not let the pressure get to her, adding four saves over the course of the first half to keep the Light Blue in contention. She finished the game with six saves while Penn hounded Columbia with multiple shots on goal, six of which came in the opening period.
Though the Lions were able to generate some scoring opportunities of their own after the break, Penn’s defense held stout en route to its eighth shutout of the year. The Light Blue has yet to score a goal in conference play.
Toward the end of the match, junior Torie Goode helped lead the Light Blue to two scoring opportunities to try to send the game into overtime.
In a hectic clash off a blocked shot, Quaker goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli managed to dive on the ball before the team could surrender the lead. A minute later, another potential game-tying shot by Goode sailed just over the goal post to preserve the Penn lead.
After going the whole season without a yellow card, two Light Blue players in the second half drew the ire of the referees. Though the Lions’ aggressiveness was apparent with six of their seven shots coming after halftime and an 8-3 edge on corners, it was not enough to overcome the early error and kept the squad winless in Ivy play.
To close out their five-game home stand, the Lions will host Lafayette on Tuesday.