DelPico’s Goal Lifts Women’s Soccer Over Penn, 1-0, in Ivy Opener

Gabby DelPico takes a shot against Northwestern
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Starting Ivy League play in the win column, Harvard women's soccer tallied its second-straight shutout as it topped Penn, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field. The Crimson improves to 7-2 (1-0 Ivy) this season, while the Quakers fall to 5-3-1 (0-1 Ivy).

First-year Gabby DelPico netted the game-winner, her fourth of the year, with assists from sophomore Lauren Raimondo and first-year Angela Caloia. Senior Kat Hess made three stops in goal, as the Crimson defense posted its fourth shutout this year.

The Crimson controlled the play in the first half, outshooting the Quakers 8-1, but the teams left for intermission knotted at 0-0. Sophomore Taylor Nielsen rang the crossbar with the game's opening shot, and she joined Caloia, Raimondo and sophomore Jordan Di Verniero in forcing first half saves.

The breakthrough came in the 72nd minute, starting with a feed from Caloia through to Raimondo down the right side. Raimondo squared a pass to a waiting DelPico near the penalty spot, with the Brockton, Massachusetts native slotting a shot into the lower left corner. Hess made all three of her saves in the second half to preserve the victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • DelPico ties Caloia and sophomore Sophie Hirst with four goals this season.
  • Caloia, who led the country in total assists and assists per game entering the weekend, tallied her ninth helper of the year. Raimondo picked up her second.
  • Hess has played a part in all four Harvard shutouts this season, including two solo shutouts.  

Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 21-7-3 in the all-time series with Penn, including shutouts in five of the last six meetings.
  • Caloia moves into a tie for eighth place in program history with nine assists in a season.
  • Hess has a shutout streak of 214 minutes intact, and she holds a 0.67 goals-against average and .818 save percentage this eason.

What's Next?
Harvard hits the road to open a three-game stretch away from Cambridge, as it takes on Yale on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.