PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team allowed an early goal to visiting Dartmouth Saturday evening, but recovered with a goal in each half to defeat the Big Green, 2-1, at Rhodes Field.
With the win, Penn improved to 9-2-1 overall. The Quakers are also 3-0-0 in Ivy League play for just the second time in program history (the other was 2004, when the Quakers finished 4-2-1 in Ancient Eight play).
Dartmouth fell to 3-8-1, 1-2-0 in the Ivy League.
Penn was immediately put on its heels in this match, as Dartmouth struck before the match was even three minutes old on a goal by Ali Hubbard. Peyton Tata was given the assist.
However, the Quakers gradually began to take control of the match, and in the 37th minute they equalized. Sophomore Jessica Fuccello was the goalscorer, when she headed home a ball from classmate Jess Rothenheber. It was Fuccello's Ivy League-leading eighth goal of 2007, and Rothenheber's seventh assist.
In the 65th minute, Rothenheber put Penn ahead to stay, finishing a ball from Sarah Friedman.
Penn outshot Dartmouth, 14-4, and forced Dartmouth goalkeeper Laurel Peak to make four saves. For the Quakers, sophomore Sara Rose made two stops to earn the win.
Penn is back in action next weekend, hosting Yale at Rhodes Field. Kickoff is again slated for 5 p.m., and the match is again the first of a doubleheader with the Penn men (they will host Yale at 7:30 p.m.).