CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the first time since the program began in 1991, the Penn women's soccer team stands alone at the top of the Ivy League standings to end the season. That was the story Saturday, after the Quakers defeated Harvard, 1-0, at the Crimson's Ohiri Field.
Sophomore Jessica Fuccello scored the lone goal of the match, re-directinga shot by classmate Jess Rothenheber as the clock was nearing the quarter-hour. It was Fuccello's Ivy League-leading 11th goal of the season, and put her into a tie for fifth place on Penn's single-season scoring list with Jill Callaghan (who had 11 in 1998). Rothenheber was credited with an assist on the goal, her ninth of the year which is tied for second on the Penn single-season list with Meg Kinney (who had nine in 1994).
Penn (13-3-1, 6-1-0) has now won eight of its last nine matches; its 13 overall winsmatches the second-best total in program history, along with the 1999 and 2001 squads. Only the 1997 team, at 14-5-0,won more in a season.
Penn outshot Harvard (10-6-1, 3-4-0) on the Crimson's senior day, 12-9, and forced Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann to make four saves. At theother end, another stout defensive effortforced Sara Rose to make just one stop as the Quakers collected their seventh shutout and their third in the last four matches.
Penn will find out its NCAA College Cup fate Monday night, when the selection show is announced on ESPNews beginning at approximately 8 p.m.