PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn and Brown continued their respective strong starts to the 2011 women’s soccer season. The Quakers posted wins over Villanova (1-0) and Saint Joseph’s (2-0) to improve to 4-0-0 on the year, while the Bears downed cross-town rival Providence (2-0) and then tied Vermont (1-1) to move to 3-0-1 on the year.
Playing at the home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, the Quakers earned the win over Villanova on the strength of freshman Megan York’s game-winning goal, scored just over three minutes into the second half. Sophomore Kerry Scalora, who notched a goal and an assist, keyed Penn’s win over Saint Joseph’s. The Quakers have now started a season 4-0-0 for just the second time in program history (also done in 1998 when they started the year 6-0-1).
Brown’s win over the Friars included two late tallies. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Hebert-Seropian struck on a free kick for the game winner at 76:46 before sophomore midfielder Maddie Weiner scored her first of the year just 37 seconds later.
Harvard also had a strong week as it improved to 3-1-0 on the season with wins over Massachusetts (2-1) and Connecticut (2-1). In the win over the Huskies, freshman Lauren Urke got the Crimson on the board just 1:25 into the contest and then junior Alexandra Conigliaro broke a 1-1 tie with a header from the doorstep at 54:56.
Other wins around the League included Princeton over Villanova (2-1) and Dartmouth over Vermont (2-1). All the scoring in Princeton’s win over the Wildcats came in the first half, with freshman Lauren Lazo scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal with 33 seconds to play in the first half. On the other hand, all the scoring in the Big Green’s win over the Catamounts came in the second half, with sophomore midfielder Chrissy Lozier netting the game-winning strike at 67:29.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior forward Jen Hoy (Sellersville, Pa.) led the Tigers over the weekend as they took on a pair of BIG EAST foes. Hoy notched an assist in Princeton’s narrow 2-1 double overtime loss at Seton Hall on Friday. On Sunday, Hoy led the Tigers to a 2-1 win over Villanova with a goal and an assist. Against the Huskies, she put Princeton up 1-0 at 7:43. Then, with the game tied 1-1, she picked up an assist on Lauren Lazo’s game-winning strike when she combined with Melissa Downey to send Lazo in on a breakaway.
Hoy becomes Princeton’s first Ivy League Player of the Week since October 4, 2010 when Caitlin Blosser won the award.
Hoy’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG
Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman midfielder/forward Lauren Lazo (Scottsdale, Ariz.) helped Princeton to a 1-1-0 week, with the Tigers falling in double overtime at Seton Hall by the score of 2-1 but rebounding for a 2-1 win against Villanova. Against the Wildcats, Lazo assisted on Jen Hoy’s goal early in the first half to put the Tigers up 1-0. Then, with the game tied at 1-1, Lazo netted her first career goal at 44:27. Lazo and the Tiger defense made the goal stand up for the victory.
Lazo’s three points were the first points of her Tiger career. She is Princeton’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Hoy shared the award on October 26, 2009.
Lazo’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman midfielder Lauren Urke (Medina, Minn.) helped Harvard to a pair of victories last week. She led all players with three points in Harvard’s 2-1 victory over Connecticut on Sunday, which extended the Crimson’s win streak to three games and improved the team’s record to 3-1-0, its best start since 2001. Urke gave Harvard an early lead with a goal just 85 seconds into the game. With the game tied, 1-1 in the second half, Urke assisted on the game winner, finding Alexandra Conigliaro with cross pass for a goal at 54:56.
Urke is the Crimson’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since October 12, 2009, when Taryn Kurcz earned the honor.
Urke’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG
Melanie Baskind, Harvard (Sr., M/F - Framingham, Mass.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG
Melissa Gavin, Yale (Fr., F - Duxbury, Mass.)
3-3 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 9 Shots, 7 SOG
Sarah Hebert-Seropian, Brown (Sr., M - Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 5 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Lillian Klein, Columbia (Sr., GK - Mill Valley,
2-2 GP-GS, 1.00 GAA, 20 saves, .909 save percentage
Chrissy Lozier, Dartmouth (So., M - Fairfield, Conn.)
2-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Kerry Scalora, Penn (So., M - Berlin, Conn.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 3 Pts., 11 Shots, 4 SOG
Megan York, Penn (Fr., F - Chicago, Ill.)
2-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
In a third-consecutive week of non-conference action, the Ivies will combine to play 19 games over the next six days. Cornell will play in the lone tournament when it stays in state to take on Marist and Hartford in the Marist Tournament.
Penn (4-0-0) and Brown (3-0-1) will look to continue their undefeated starts to the 2011 season. The Quakers are on the road to play at James Madison and at George Mason on Friday and Sunday, while the Bears play a Thursday evening tilt at New Hampshire before playing host to Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon.
Tuesday, September 13
Quinnipiac at Yale, 7 pm
Wednesday, September 14
Dartmouth at Boston College, 4 pm
Harvard at Boston Univ., 7 pm
Binghamton at Cornell, 7 pm
Thursday, September 15
Brown at New Hampshire, 4:30 pm
Friday, September 16
Hofstra at Harvard, 4 pm
Vermont at Yale, 7 pm
Iona at Columbia, 7 pm
1 - Cornell at Marist, 7 pm
Penn at James Madison, 7 pm
Princeton at William & Mary, 7 pm
Sunday, September 18
1 - Cornell vs. Hartford, Noon
Harvard at Rhode Island, 1 pm
Maine at Dartmouth, 1 pm
Long Island at Columbia, 1 pm
La Salle at Princeton, 1 pm
Yale at Boston Univ., 2 pm
Penn at George Mason, 2 pm
Sacred Heart at Brown, 4 pm
1 - Marist Tournament (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)