Women's Soccer Downs Princeton, 1-0

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PHILADELPHIA - Entering Saturday night's women's soccer match at Penn's Rhodes Field, it had been a long time since the Princeton women's soccer team had given up a goal.

It did not take long for Penn to end that streak.

In just the 10th minute, sophomore Marin McDermott took a pass from Megan Cassidy, shot a cross from the right side, and freshman Alex Dayneka got a head on it and slid it inside the far post. The goal ended a streak of more than 621 consecutive shutout minutes by the Tigers.

That was all Penn needed in an entertaining game that ended in the Quakers' favor, 1-0. Dayneka's goal was the first of her collegiate career, and allowed Penn to finish the 2009 season 10-4-2 overall and 4-3-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers won 10 games for just the seventh time in program history, and endedup third in the Ivy League race.

Saturday's finale was bereft of many good chances, as each team took just four shots total (three on net).

Prior to the game, Penn honored its five outgoing seniors -- Michelle Drugan, Jessica Fuccello, Allyson Gordon, Jess Rothenheber, and goalkeeper Sara Rose. All five ceremoniously started, and in a show of sportsmanship Princeton (7-7-3, 3-3-1)took the opening kickoff and promptly kicked it out of bounds so that Penn could substitute Rose and Gordon, both of whom have been saddled with injuries that have ended their careers prematurely.

Fuccello nearly added a second goal late in the second half, but her effort directly in front was thwarted by Princeton keeper Alyssa Pont. Fuccello was going for a school-record 17th goal this season.

Caroline Williams ended up going the rest of the way in goal and had three saves. At the other end, Pont made two stops.

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