Penn Strikes Early to Take Home 2-0 Win over Women's Soccer
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Box Score

NEW YORK -- A pair of long-distance goals from Penn strikers Kathryn Barth and Theresa Yankovich in the first 10:05 of the match proved to be the difference as the Columbia women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Quakers on Friday evening.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 2-1 in the Ivy League as Penn improves to a similar 2-1 record.

Columbia had the first chance -- and what would prove to be arguably its best opportunity -- of the match in the third minute.

Sophomore Coleen Rizzo sent a looping ball over the top to senior Ashlin Yahr, who was sprinting up the left side. Yahr caught up to it and fired a left-footed shot that was negated by a diving save from Penn goalkeeper Sarah Banks.

The missed opportunity would come back to bite the Lions just minutes later. Columbia had a pair of chances to clear the ball out of its own end but could not, leading to Kathryn Barth rifling a shot to the right side from 20 yards to put the visitors up 1-0.

Penn wasted no time in doubling its advantage, as five minutes later Theresa Yankovich took space up the left side and drilled a perfectly-place shot in the upper-right corner of net that hit the crossbar and bounced in from about 30 yards out.

From there, the Quakers limited the home team to a few chances the rest of the contest. In the 22nd minute, Rizzo had a header off a corner that appeared to have a chance but Banks swooped in to snag it before it crossed the goal line.

The second half saw the two teams combine for just three shots as the Quakers salted away the road win.

Senior goalkeeper Lillian Klein finished the match with six saves, while Banks had three stops en route to the shutout.

The Lions are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 9 as they travel to Monmouth for a 1 p.m. kickoff.