BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Visiting Penn took advantage of a leaky Loyola defense to sprint to a 5-1 win over the Ramblers Sunday at the new home of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire.
The Quakers improved to 4-1-1 on the season, gaining a tie and a win during its two-match trip to Chicago. Loyola fell to 2-5-0 with the loss.
Penn opened the scoring in the 10th minute on their first good scoring chance, as sophomore Jessica Fuccello was the beneficiary of nice play from Sarah Friedmanand Mara Fintzi and finished from eight yards out for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The Quakers doubled their lead in the 20th minute as Molly Weir’s cross deflected through the legs of the Loyola keeper and just inside the far post.
The Ramblers pulled one back just seven minutes later, when Cara Morawski lofted a beautiful ball over the Penn backline for Cynthia Morote-Ariza, who brought it down and blasted one off the fingertips of Penn keeper Sara Rose into the top of the net.
However, with time winding down in the half, Penn struck again as a lofted ball found Fintzi, who managed to stay onside, playing her in alone with the keeper. Fintzi made no mistake to make it 3-1 at intermission.
Junior Natalie Capuano (55th minute) made it 4-1 early in the second half before Fuccello added her second of the match in the 89th minute for the final score.
Friedman, a freshman, finished with three assists on the day, one shy of the school record set in 1998 by Andrea Callaghan. Friedman is just the fifth player in school history to record three assists in a match.
Rose played the first half and had two saves; classmate Cailly Carroll played 36 minutes in the second half for her first action in four games since being injured. Freshman Gina Winters closed out the day with a save during her nine minutes of play between the pipes.
Penn is back in action two more times next weekend, hosting city rival La Salle Friday at Rhodes Field (4 p.m.) before heading out to the Main Line to face Villanova Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.).