Penn Steals 1-0 Victory Over Brown in Defensive Struggle

Penn Steals 1-0 Victory Over Brown in Defensive Struggle

Defense ruled the day on a blustery Senior Day afternoon at Stevenson Field, as both teams struggled to pass the ball in the wind, but Penn managed to net a late goal to come away with a 1-0 win despite being outshot 16-8.  Seniors Brenna Hogue and Steffi Yellin combined to hold a shutout for 79 minutes before the Quakers got on the board, making three saves between them.  With the loss, Brown drops to 5-8-1 on the season, with a 2-4-0 league record, while Penn improves to 9-4-2 overall and 3-3-0 in the Ivy League.

Bruno came out strong right from the start, as senior Kiki Manners, playing in her first game of the season after an injury, took a pass upfield and forced a Brown corner kick, one of three in the first 45 minutes.  The wind frustrated both sides though, making long passes nearly impossible and holding down the offenses, and although the Bears had five shots in the half, they were unable to get on the board.

The second half was similarly lopsided in favor of Brown, as the Bears took 11 shots and forced five corners, more than doubling up Penn in both categories.  However, it was the Quakers who scored the first, and only, goal, on a breakaway opportunity with just over ten minutes remaining.  With the ball near the 18-foot line, keeper Steffi Yellin came out in an effort to knock the ball away, but was just beaten to it by Penn's Marin McDermott, who pushed it into net for the game-winner.

In her final game at Stevenson, senior Bridget Ballard was all over the field for the Bears, making a number of impressive individual defensive plays.  Ballard also had four shots, and created several good looks for teammates on free kicks after Penn fouls.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, November 7, when they travel to take on Yale at 7:00 p.m.