The Elis lost to Penn on Saturday in a 4–0 game at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia. The game marked the Bulldogs’ fourth loss out of five Ivy conference matchups, winning against Cornell 1–0 on Oct. 16.

The Yale women’s soccer team (2–12–0, 1–4–0 Ivy) faced the Quakers (9–3–2, 3–2–0 Ivy) for its second-to-last away game of the season and its 31st match against Penn in the series history. The Blue and White had early opportunities at goal but faced challenges throughout the game and were outshot by Penn 16–12.  

“Penn was a disappointing result for us as we gave up goals in the run of play when we had momentum in the first half,” head coach Sarah Martinez said. “We’ve made huge strides this year and I felt Saturday was a bit of a hiccup for us.”

Penn entered the matchup undefeated in home matches and on a two-game winning streak, defeating Dartmouth 3–1 on Oct. 16 and beating Delaware State 4-0 on Oct. 18. In their other Ivy games, the Quakers beat Cornell on Oct. 2 and fell to No. 23 Harvard in a 3–0 game on Sept. 25. 

The Bulldogs started off the game with a bottom left shot by forward Ellery Winkler ’23 in the third minute, which was followed by a corner kick. In the seventh minute, midfielder Sarah Jordan ’22 shot to the bottom center but the ball was saved by Quaker goalkeeper Laurence Gladu. In the following minute, midfielder Sizzy Lawton moved the ball through Yale’s defense and shot, resulting in Penn’s first goal of the game. 

In the ninth minute, Winkler made a shot out right, followed by Penn defender Emily Pringle shooting to the bottom center two minutes later, which was saved by goalkeeper Marissa Shorrock ’24. Forward Tina Teik ’25 then took a shot out right, and in the 15th and 20th minutes of the game, Penn forward Jackie Bruder made attempts that went too far top and right, respectively. 

Two Penn corner kicks in the 23rd minute led to a shot by Lawton to the bottom right, which was saved by Shorrock. Quaker forward Janae Stewart took a shot in the 31st minute and forward Katerina Peroulas made another attempt in the 36th. Midfielder Rebeka Róth ’25 fired at bottom center in the 38th minute, but it was saved by Gladu.

To close out the half, Stewart passed the ball to Pringle, which made its way to forward Isobel Glass, who completed the sequence and scored Penn’s second goal of the game and her fourth goal in three matches. 

“As I say every week, we are young and learning and unfortunately many hard lessons are done on the big stage,” Martinez said. “Something we spoke a lot about prior to the game was capitalizing on moments when we had the swing.”

The Quakers started out the second period with a corner kick and shot by Lawton out on the right side of the field, followed by a shot by Bruder out top. In the 53rd minute, midfielder Chloe Laureano ’24 took a shot on goal, which was headed towards the top frame of the goal but ultimately saved by Gladu. 

Penn forward Ginger Fontenot took a shot in the 57th minute, and two minutes later, Bruder sent another attempt to the bottom center of the goal, which was saved by Shorrock. Laureano made another shot out top left in the 62nd minute.

Yale was granted a corner kick in the 63rd minute, leading to a shot by forward Alanna Butcher ’25 to the top woodwork. Stewart took a shot in the 67th minute that earned Penn a corner kick, and in the 76th minute, Quaker midfielder Lucy Kellogg fired at the left woodwork. 

Forward Mia Grillo ’22 then shot to the bottom center, which was saved by Gladu, and in the 82nd minute, defender Molly Fallek ’24 fired out top left. In the next minute and a half, Jordan made an attempt to the bottom left of the goal, and Gladu made another save.

Defender Emily Clorite ’23 was given a yellow card in the 84th minute, and after a singular substitution for both teams and a Penn corner kick, Lawton took a deflected ball and fired it past Shorrock to tally Penn’s third goal of the game. Immediately after, Pringle sent a deflected ball to forward Mia Shenk who scored, granting the Quakers another goal in the last eight seconds. 

“As we get to the end of the season, each game means a little bit more as senior careers near an end,” Martinez said. “We look forward to another opportunity to get a result.”

Over the course of the game, both teams managed to make seven attempts on goal. Shorrock was able to make a total of three saves.

After the Bulldogs’ win against Cornell, followed by a loss to Penn, the Yale women’s soccer team is looking towards their last non-conference game, against Central Connecticut State, and their final Ivy matchups of the season, versus Columbia and Brown. 

Yale will face Central Connecticut State on Oct. 25 at Reese Stadium for its final non-conference game.

Amelia Lower covers women's soccer, men's lacrosse and men's ice hockey. She is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College and is from Rye, New York.