SoccerBuzz.com All-Region Honors
PHILADELPHIA - Three Penn women's soccer players have received regional honors from SoccerBuzz.com, a website devoted to women's college soccer.
Junior Natalie Capuano and sophomore Jessica Fuccello were second-team honorees in the Mid-Atlantic Region, while freshman Sarah Friedman earned a spot on the Mid-Atlantic All-Freshman Team.
This is the second regional honor this season for both Capuano and Fuccello, who earlier were named second-team all-region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Capuano earned her second-straight first-team All-Ivy honor this season, anchoring a midfield and defense that led the Quakers to the Ivy title. A member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team pool, she had three goals on the season, and helped a Penn defense that allowed just 15 goals in 18 matches with seven shutouts.
Fuccello --like Capuano a unanimous first-teamAll-Ivy selection -- led the Ivy League in overall goals (11) and points (26), and both of those totals tied her for fifth on Penn’s single-season list. She scored her 11 goals in 10 different matches, and had the first Penn goal in four separate Ivy games. Through two seasons, Fuccello has 20 career goals which places her fifth on Penn’s all-time list.
Friedman was a regular starter in the midfield as a freshman, and finished the season with a goal and five assists for seven overall points.
Under head coach Darren Ambrose, Penn finished the 2007 season with a 13-4-1 overall record, and won its first outright Ivy League title with a 6-1-0 mark. That gave the Quakers a berth in the NCAA Championship, where they lost to James Madison 2-0 in the first round. The Quakers put all this together with a roster that had no seniors on it.