PHILADELPHIA - The first full night match the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team played at Rhodes Field came Tuesday against Bucknell. The result, however, was pretty much the same result they have no matter what time of day they play -- a win.
The Quakers won for the 11th straight time at home, defeating the Bison 1-0 thanks to the first collegiate goal scored by junior defender Tracy Bienenfeld.
As the match approached its 54th minute, a ball was played across from Nicky White on the left side. That ball was headed out by a Bucknell defender, but landed at Bienenfeld’s feet about 25 yards out . She did not hesitate, one-timing a volley that seemed to catch the Bison goalkeeper off guard and snuck by her right side and into the far corner.
That proved to be enough for the Quakers, who outshot the Bison 9-6 on the night.
“That was a great goal by Tracy,” said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose afterward. “She has a great touch and was able to tuck that ball in. We struggled for much of the match, but we were able to get that goal and get that win. It just shows the character of this team.”
Penn goalkeeper Jessica Keeley was forced to make four stops in the match, but one of them came on a breakaway early in the first half. Penn also had a great chance in the first half, when Rachel Fletcher one-timed a header off a free kick that landed in the arms of Bison goalie Katie Dry.
Penn gets back into Ivy League play Saturday, traveling to Columbia for an 11 a.m. meeting with the Lions.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications