ITHACA, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team was outshot by Cornell, 6-3, in the first half of Saturday's Ivy League match, but came back and outshot the Big Red, 10-4, in the second stanza.
However, it was one of those three first-half shots that proved the difference, as the Quakers won 1-0. With the win, Penn improved to 5-2-1 (1-1-0 Ivy League), while Cornell fell to 1-7-1 (0-2-0 Ivy).
Freshman Jess Rothenheber made her first collegiate goal count, scoring the match's lone tally off a through ball from Jessica Fuccello that sprung her. The goal came in the 26th minute.
"We were not as strong in the first half, and our goal came against the run of play," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "After that we seemed to settle down a little bit and created a few more things, especially in the second half. We got the win, and took a step in the right direction. However, I told the team afterward that they should be happy with the win but not satisfied."
At the other end for Penn, freshman Sara Rose made his collegiate debut in goal and, like her classmate Cailly Carroll earlier this year, got a shutout in the debut. She came up with four saves.
"Sara earned a chance to play this week, and she did well out there today," said Ambrose.
Penn is back in action Tuesday night, hosting Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. The Leopards are coached by Mick Statham, who was Ambrose's assistant coach for the 2004 season.