PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a loss in its Ivy League opener on Saturday, the Penn women's soccer team jumps out of conference to start a busy week Tuesday night with a game at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The Quakers fell at Harvard Saturday, 3-2, despite goals from Jessica Fuccello and Theresa Yankovich. Penn is in action two more times this weekend, hosting Ivy League foe Cornell Friday night and then Army Sunday afternoon.
The Series with UMBC: Tuesday's match marks the third straight season that the Quakers and Retrievers have faced off with each other. Penn has won the first two meetings, with a 4-0 decision in 2007 and a 3-0 win last year. In last year's win, the Quakers got goals from Kristin Kaiser, Michelle Drugan and Allyson Gordon.
About UMBC: The Retrievers, out of America East, are still looking for their first win of the 2009 season after dropping a 7-0 decision to Maine in their AE opener last weekend. Overall, UMBC is 0-7-1 and has been outscored 25-2.
*Penn entered the week leading the Ivy League in goals per game (2.29) and second in assists per game (1.86) and points per game (6.43) behind Yale.
*Senior Jessica Fuccello leads the Ivy League in goals per game (1.29) and points per game (2.57).
*Despite playing essentially two seasons prior to 2009 -- she played just two matches in her junior campaign due to injury -- Fuccello now has 29 career goals, which is second on Penn's all-time list behind Katy Cross who scored 50 goals from 2001-04.
*In the Ivy League statistics, senior Michelle Drugan is tied with sophomore Theresa Yankovich for third in assists per game (0.43), sixth alone in points per game (1.00), and tied withsophomore Marin McDermott for sixth in goals per game (0.29). Freshmen Laura Yu and Alex Dayneka are tied for ninth (0.29).
*Drugan has seven points this season, with two goals and three assists. The senior entered this year with just four points for her college career (1g, 2a).
*Yu has assisted a Fuccello goal in each of the last two matches; those assists are Yu's first collegiate points.
*Sophomore Caroline Williams has played every minute in goal this season, boasting a 1.59 goals-against average with 35 saves.
*Williams is tied for second among Ivy players with 5.00 saves per game.
Quoting Head Coach Darren Ambrose
"We have to go down to UMBC and play a full 90 minutes. That is what hurt us on Saturday at Harvard -- we played 20 good minutes at the start, and 20 good minutes at the end, but in the middle we really struggled. We need to use Tuesday as an opportunity to start putting together a 90-minute effort."
"I would like to see us generate more in the attacking third. We are scoring goals, but we haven't been quite as fluid up there as we should be. At the other end, we are having a few lapses and they are costing us goals, so we need to shore that area up."
"We have three matches this weekend, but I think that it's good we get right back into it on Tuesday -- we have no time to feel sorry for ourselves after Saturday's loss. We can use this game to correct some things. With two more games this weekend, I hope we are able to use a few more bodies at UMBC, but ultimately the goal is to win so we will do what we have to do to get the result."