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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team used a quick start to roll to a 5-1 win over Dartmouth in Ivy League action Sunday night at Rhodes Field.
To be precise, though, Jessica Fuccello used a quick start to bury the Big Green.
The senior forward scored three goals and added an assist in the game's first 25 minutes, effectively putting this game as both teams moved to .500 in the Ivy League at 2-2-0.
Penn is 8-3-2 overall, while Dartmouth is now 6-6-0.
With the hat trick -- her third of the season -- Fuccello now has 16 goals on the season, which ties a school single-season record originally set by Katy Cross in 2003. Penn has three games remaining in the regularseason. Fuccello has scored in seven of Penn's last eight contests.
The party got started at the eight-minute mark when Theresa Yankovich played a free kick in from the right side that Fuccello got a foot on and pushed past Dartmouth goalkeeper Colleen Hogan. Less than two minutes later, Fuccello made it 2-0 when a corner kick from Sarah Friedman was pushed back across by Kaitlin Campbell. Fuccello again one-timed it, and the ball went between Hogan's legs and trickled over the line before the Green could clear it.
Dartmouth got one of the goals back in the 17th minute, when Myra Sack had an Ali Hubbard shot come to her feet on the left side. Sack fired a shot inside the far post that Penn GK Gina Winters had no chance on.
However, as soon as Dartmouth thoughtit might be back in the game, Fuccello and freshman Yvonne Moyer scuttled that idea. First Fuccello fed a through-ball that Moyer ran onto and beat Hogan with. Just three minutes later, Fuccello was back up to her shenanigans -- she took a Moyer pass with her back to the goal, turned a fired a shot that caught Hogan off-guard and slipped inside the left post.
Dartmouth outshot Penn, 14-4, in the second half but never seriously threatened the Quaker goal although Caroline Williams had six saves in relief of Winters. Michelle Drugan closed out the day's scoring with a brilliant goal; taking a pass from Jess Rothenheber and shot an absolute pill from 30 yards out on the left side that hit the far corner in the upper 90.
Penn returns to action next Saturday, hosting Yale at 5 p.m. in the first half of a women's/men's doubleheader with the Bulldogs.
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