PHILADELPHIA - A year ago, the Penn and Lafayette women's soccer teams engaged in one of the wildest affairs you will ever see, with the Leopards taking a 5-4 decision over the Quakers in Easton, Pa.
Tuesday night, Penn made sure not to let history repeat itself.
The Quakers held the 'Pards to just one shot on goal -- a harmless bouncer from long distance -- while firing 23 shots on the Lafayette goal. And while it took awhile, Penn eventually found the back of the net three times in gaining a 3-0 victory.
Molly Weir was actually the only Quaker to score; after establishing herself as one of Penn's main offensive weapons in recent games, the sophomore finally broke through in big way Tuesday night with her first collegiate goals in the 55th, 59th and 74th minutes.
"I thought we played to our potential tonight," said head coach Darren Ambrose, who faced off against one of his former assistants in Lafayette headcoachMick Statham. "We knew that Lafayette would be well-organized and that we had to be patient. We were still calm at halftime, and told the women to keep doing the things they had been doing. It paid off in the second half."
Indeed it did. Despite outshooting Lafayette (3-6-1) by a 10-1 count in the first half, Penn (6-2-1) had to wait until exactly 54 minutes had passed in the match before Weir finally broke through. A long ball was sent into the box by Megan Boys, where it was one-timed by Jessica Fuccello and finished by Weir.
That goal seemed to lift the Quakers, and it was only 4:25 later that Weir was again sent in by Fuccello for her second goal of the match and the season.
Weir's third goal was set up by a sublime back-heel from Jess Rothenheber, who went in one direction but sent the ball against the flow of traffic to release a streaking Weir. She pushed the ball around Lafayette keeper Mary Kate Erdman and finished with the left foot directly in front of the goal.
"I am really happy for Molly," said Ambrose. "She has been knocking on the door for some time, so hopefully this will get her through and get her going heading into the second half of the season."
Erdman had 10 saves for the Leopards, while Sara Rose earned her second shutout in as many collegiate outings while barely seeing any action.
Penn is back in action Saturday night, hosting Ivy rival Columbia at 7:30 on Rhodes Field. For the second-straight match, the Quakers will be looking to avenge a loss from a year ago; the Lions downed them, 1-0, in New York City last year.