PHILADELPHIA - Saturday will be Senior Day for the Penn women's soccer team, which bids farewell to its Class of 2010 with a home game against Princeton. The Quakers and Tigers will kick off at 5 p.m., the first half of a women's/men's soccer doubleheader with the Tigers at Rhodes Field.
Prior to the start, the Penn program will have a senior ceremony for Michelle Drugan, Jessica Fuccello, Allyson Gordon, injured goalkeeper Sara Rose, and Jess Rothenheber. This class enters Saturday's game with an all-time record of 38-19-9, including a 12-11-4 mark in Ivy play.
Penn (9-4-2, 3-3-0) still has much to play for, although the Ivy League title was officially clinched last weekend by Harvard. With a win, the Quakers will reach the 10-win mark for just the seventh time in program history. In addition, a victory would put Penn over .500 in Ivy League play, and could place them as high as third depending on other results from the day.
Penn will welcome the return of Fuccello, who had to sit out last weekend's 1-0 win at Brown due to a red card in the Quakers' game against Yale on Oct. 24. Fuccello enters the game with 16 goals this season, tied for the program's single-season record.
Also In the League: Harvard (5-1-0) has clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title for the second straight year, as well as the Ivy's automatic bid into the 64-team NCAA College Cup field. The Crimson can clinch the title outright with a win or tie Saturday night at Columbia (3-2-1). At the same time, Yale (4-2-0) will be hoping for a Harvard loss and looking to beat Brown (2-4-0); if both happen, the Bulldogs will share the crown with the Crimson (Harvard gets the NCAA bid by virtue of beating Yale in head-to-head). The other match on Saturday pits Cornell (0-6-0) at Dartmouth (3-3-0).
The Series with Princeton: The Tigers have won four of the last five matches in this series to break it open; they hold an 11-6-1 advantage. Last year, Princeton gained a 2-1 win in double overtime in New Jersey. Penn's only win in the last five years came two seasons ago here at Rhodes Field, when Kristin Kaiser knocked home an overtime goal to clinch the Quakers' 2007 Ivy League title and NCAA berth. All-time, Penn is 5-3-1 vs. Princeton in Philadelphia.
About Princeton: The Tigers (7-6-3, 3-2-1) would like nothing better than to keep the Quakers from passing them in the standings Saturday; last week, Princeton needed two overtimes but defeated Cornell, 1-0. The weekend before that, the Tigers pinned Harvard with its only Ivy loss this season, 1-0. In fact, Princeton enters Saturday's game having shut out four straight Ivy League opponents. Jen Hoy is the Tigers' scoring leader, with three goals and two assists, while Lauren Whatley has two goals and eight other players have one apiece. In goal, Alyssa Pont has played every minute; she boasts a 0.76 goals-against average and has 68 saves.
*Penn entered the week leading the Ivy League and 20th nationally in goals per game (2.27), led the Ivies in points per game (6.27), and was second behind Yale in assists per game (1.73). The Quakers are also fourth in the Ivy League in goals-against average (1.29).
*Penn has five shutouts this season which is third among the Ivy League teams; Saturday's opponent, Princeton, leads with way with eight clean sheets.
*Senior Jessica Fuccello, a three-time Ivy League and two-time ECAC Player of the Week honoree, entered the week second in the nation in goals per game (1.14) behind Portland sophomore Danielle Foxhoven. Fuccello also is sixth nationally in points per game (2.36) and leads the Ivy League with five game-winning goals.
*Despite playing essentially two seasons prior to 2009 -- she played just two matches in her junior campaign due to injury -- Fuccello has 36 career goals, which is second on Penn's all-time list behind Katy Cross who scored 50 goals from 2001-04.
*Fuccello also has 82 career points, which is second on Penn's all-time list. Cross is the all-time leader there, too, with 125 career points.
*Fuccello -- who has scored in seven of the last nine matches she has played -- has 16 goals this season which is tied for Penn's single-season record; Katy Cross originally set the mark in 2003.
*Sophomore Marin McDermott, who had the winner last weekend at Brown, is third among Ivy League players with three game-winning goals this season (two in Ivy play); she is also seventh in goals per game (0.40) and points per game (0.80).
*A two-time second-team All-Ivy selection, senior Jess Rothenheber has four assists in Penn's last five games and 16 for her career which is tied for fourth on Penn's all-time list.
*Rothenheber is tied for fourth among Ivy League players in assists per game (0.36).
*Junior Sarah Friedman -- a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago -- has 21 career assists, which is just behind Kellianne Toland (1997-2000) for second on Penn's all-time list. Katy Cross holds the all-time record with 25.
*Senior Michelle Drugan is seventh among Ivy players in points per game (0.80), ninth in goals per game (0.27), and ninth in assists per game (0.27).
*Drugan has 12 points this season, with four goals and four assists. The senior entered this year with just four points for her college career (1g, 2a).
*Sophomore Theresa Yankovich is eighth among Ivy players in assists per game (0.31).
*Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Williams -- who picked up the shutout last weekend at Brown -- is third among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 1.16 goals-against average, and averages 3.71 saves per game.
*Junior Gina Winters had started in goal the three matches prior to Brown and went the distance against Yale on Oct. 24; she has seven saves and a 2.00 GAA in 225 minutes of action this season.