PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The University of Delaware women’s soccer program saw its four-match unbeaten streak snapped Monday night at Penn, dropping the contest 1-0.

The Quakers (1-3-2) struck for a goal just 45 seconds in, when Erica Higa buried a bouncing ball past Kailyn Rekos.  The Blue Hens (2-3-2) had opportunities Monday, but unlike the previous few matches, the equalizer never came.

Rekos made three highlight reel saves, but the effort was in vain, as Delaware dropped its first match since Aug. 24th against nationally ranked Georgetown.

Jillian Vassallo tallied five shots of Delaware’s 10 shots, while Kitty Qu recorded three saves.

Head Coach Mike Barroqueiro:

“I thought we were pretty good, and we had a lot of the ball all game long. When you put yourself behind in the first minute, and you put yourself in a place where you have to chase the game, it’s going to be an uphill battle. We have to get better at managing moments, especially early in the game. I think some of the results we’ve had over the last four games have been a lot of hard work but there was also some luck. When we needed a ball to bounce our way, it did. We spoke to the girls about that, about how the ball isn’t always going to bounce your way. I think tonight is a harsh lesson, but also a good lesson. It was definitely without a doubt a learning lesson. We need to be better. Tonight the ball didn’t bounce our way, and the luck we needed we didn’t get. That’s ok. We were going to need to learn that at some point, and now is as good a time as any.”

On the next two matches:

“The games don’t get any easier from here. LaSalle is going to be very good, and Princeton on Sunday will likely be in the top-20 nationally by the time we play them. We have two big games coming up, so I’m not really looking to conference play just yet. The next two opponents are going to be really tough, and we’re going to learn a lot about ourselves, hopefully in a good way.”

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: 

• Friday, Sept. 15 vs. LaSalle, 7 p.m. 
• Sunday, Sept. 17 at Princeton, 4 p.m. 
• Thursday, Sept. 22 vs. Hofstra*, 7 p.m.  

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Andrew Stern | Anwstern@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-6519 | Cell: 914-589-9666