PHILADELPHIA – On the heels of a two-goal weekend that resulted in a pair of wins for the University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team, Sasha Stephens has been named Ivy League Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. It marks the second honor of the senior's career, in addition to two Rookie of the Year awards in 2015.
On both Friday and Sunday, against Delaware and Navy, respectively, Stephens opened the contests with goals within the first eight minutes, serving as the driving force behind two victories. Against the Blue Hens, her fifth-minute goal came directly off a corner kick, bending the in-swinger into the top corner, proving to be the match winner in a 2-0 result. The Midshipmen held Stephens off until the eighth minute on Sunday, when she took a cross from Emily Sands and put the Quakers ahead again, leading to a 4-2 win.
Through five games, the senior leads Penn's balanced attack in points (6) and goals (3) and to an impressive 4-1 start. Four different Quakers have already recorded five points to begin the season.
Penn returns home to Rhodes Field on Friday to host UMBC at 5 p.m. before traveling to Towson on Sunday.