Two Ivy awards are better than one

For the second time in three weeks, freshman Erin Mikolai of the Penn women's soccer team picked up Ivy Rookie of the Week honors. Mikolai notched two goals in a 4-0 rout of NJIT on Sunday and upped her total to a team-best three scores on the season.

The last time a Penn player earned Ivy ROW honors multiple times in a season was two years ago when Kerry Scalora won the award three times. Scalora went on to score five goals on the season and take home the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award.

If she continues to make an impact for the Quakers, Mikolai certainly has a chance to bring the ROY award to Penn for the second time in three years. It looks as if she will compete with Dartmouth's Corey Delaney for the honor, who has one goal and four assists on the season.  The two shared the Ivy ROW award two weeks ago, before Delaney won the award outright last week.

Turn Back the Clock: An historic win over Princeton

With last week’s disappointing loss to Brown that ended basically every big streak the Quakers had going, this week’s segment will step away from the football field. Although the Red and Blue are not out of Ivy title contention yet, unless they get some help, the best they can do is clinch a share of the championship. So, in anticipation of the football, soccer and field hockey games against Princeton set for homecoming this weekend, this week’s piece will take a look at an historic victory over the Tigers for the Penn women’s soccer team. And as we Turn Back the Clock, don’t forget to turn back your clocks one hour on Sunday. Enjoy the extra sleep.

On this day in Penn sports history …

November 3, 2007: The Penn women’s soccer team was coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Brown in double overtime the week before. The Quakers came into the match against the Bears 4-0 in Ivy play, but Brown’s goal in the 110th minute – with only 18 seconds left to play – crushed Penn’s hopes of an undefeated Ivy season. Still, with a win at Rhodes Field over the Tigers, who were also coming into the game with a 4-1 conference record, the Quakers could clinch a share of the Ivy title, and with some help, they could also secure the Ivy’s automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.

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US Men’s National Soccer team practicing at Rhodes Field [with slideshow]


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They may have broken America's hearts in the Gold Cup this summer, but Penn soccer is ready to forgive and forget as US Men's National Team is hanging out at Rhodes Field this week. The Americans, as well as new coach J ürgen Klinsmann, are practicing at Rhodes before Wednesday's friendly with Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field.

This isn't the first time we've seen some world-class soccer studs at Rhodes. David Beckham, Landon Donovan (above) and the LA Galaxy practiced on Penn's turf before an October game against the Union. In fact, as the DP's own Mike Wisniewski reported this summer, Rhodes has developed a reputation as a great place for pros to train.

Said Penn men's coach Rudy Fuller:

“I think Rhodes Field is one of the premier playing surfaces on the East Coast right now. It has a reputation now, so when teams come to Philadelphia, unless they have a specific reason why they want to get to PPL Park, many of them contact us to train here.”

Here's a slideshow of some shots from this morning: