PRINCETON, N.J. -- On the first weekend of women’s soccer play, reigning League champion Penn picked up where it left off a season ago and posted two wins, a task equaled only by the Brown Bears as all eight Ivy teams played two games over the weekend.
The Quakers opened with a win over UMBC (3-0) and followed with a win against Delaware (2-0). Marin McDermott led the Penn offense with a goal in both victories. Brown played at the Liberty Invitational and posted wins over Liberty (1-0) and Coastal Carolina (3-1). Eliza Marshall had a pair of goals in Brown’s win over Coastal Carolina.
Yale and Harvard also recorded wins over the weekend, with the Bulldogs downing Marist (2-0) in their season opener and Harvard posting a win over Elon (2-1) in its home-opener. With the win over Marist and a 0-0 tie versus Providence, Yale captured its Yale Soccer Classic Title. For Harvard, Elizabeth Weisman netted the game-winning goal with just 3:29 remaining.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior forward Marin McDermott (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) led the Quakers to a pair of victories over the weekend by scoring two goals and adding an assist for five points in wins over UMBC (3-0) and Delaware (2-0). She scored a goal in each contest, including the game-winning strike versus UMBC just over ten minutes into the contest. Against Delaware, McDermott added an insurance tally at the 24:16 mark to help ensure that Penn started its season with back-to-back shutout wins for the first time since 1998.
McDermott’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman midfielder Allie Reilly (Lawrenceville, N.J.) led the Bears to a 1-0 win over the host Liberty Flames at the Liberty Invitational, scoring her first career goal in the 51st minute. After teammate Louisa Pitney collected the ball out of a pile in front of the net, she passed it to Reilly who hit the far corner for her first career goal and what proved to be the game-winning strike. Due to attending mandatory orientation events, Reilly and three of her teammates only appeared in the Liberty game over the weekend.
Reilly’s Weekly Stats
1-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman forward Meredith Speck (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) led the Bulldogs past Marist as her first career goal proved to be the game-winning tally versus the Red Foxes. She started both of Yale’s games over the weeekend as the Bulldogs claimed the Yale Soccer Classic title with a 2-0 win over Marist and a 0-0 tie versus Provience. Speck’s game-winning effort came at 8:25.
Speck’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Melanie Baskind, Harvard (Sr., M/F - Framingham, Mass.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3Pts., 13 Shots, 8 SOG
Caitlin Blosser, Princeton (Jr., M - Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG
Meg Casscells-Hamby, Harvard (Fr., M - Winter Park, Fla.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2A, 2Pts., 9 Shots, 5 SOG
Maneesha Chitanvis, Cornell (Jr., F - Los Alamos, N.M.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Adele Jackson-Gibson, Yale (Jr., GK - Buffalo, N.Y.)
2-2 GP-GS, 200 Min., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 9 Saves, 2 SO
Eliza Marshall, Brown (Jr., F - North Andover, Mass.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG
It will be another busy week of non-conference action for the Ivies as the squads combine to play 17 games over the next six days.
Regional rivalry games abound including cross-city matches between Brown and Providence College, Penn and Villanova and Penn and Saint Joseph’s.
Another common theme on the slate is BIG EAST opponents as the Ivies play eight games versus teams from the BIG EAST.
Columbia makes the longest trip of the week as it hits the road to play at San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton.
Tuesday, September 6
Sacred Heart at Yale, 7 pm
Wednesday, September 7
Providence College at Brown, 7 pm
Colgate at Cornell, 7 pm
Thursday, September 8
Vermont at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Friday, September 9
Penn at Villanova, 4 pm
Columbia at San Diego State, 4:30 pm
Yale at Rutgers, 7 pm
Massachusetts at Harvard, 7 pm
Princeton at Seton Hall, 7 pm
Saturday, September 10
Bucknell at Cornell, 3 pm
Vermont at Brown, 4 pm
Sunday, September 11
Princeton at Villanova, 11 am
Connecticut at Harvard, 1 pm
Dartmouth at Rutgers, 1 pm
Saint Joseph’s at Penn, 1 pm
Yale at St. John’s, 4 pm
Columbia at Cal St. Fullerton, 4 pm