Women's Soccer Falls at Columbia, 4-2

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Penn women's soccer team fell at Columbia, 4-2, Saturday night. With the loss, the Quakers fell to 1-2-0 in the Ivy League, 6-3-2 overall. The Lions improved to 2-1-0 in league play.

The Quakers were able to make up deficits two times during the match, but Columbia scored twice in a span of three minutes that blew open a 2-2 tie and gave the Lions the victory.

Chrissy Butler got the Lions started in the 21st minute, taking a cross and pushing home a shot from the far post. Penn got that goal back just 1:04 later when Jessica Fuccello headed home a ball from Jess Rothenheber. It was Fuccello's Ivy League-leading 12th goal of the season; she has scored in five of Penn's last six matches.

Columbia regained the lead before halftime when Ashlin Yahr ran onto a through ball from Keri Nobil and pushed it past Penn goalkeeper Caroline Williams. The teams went into the break with Columbia up, 2-1.

In the seventh minute of the second stanza when Sarah Friedman scored her first goal of the season. Ursula Lopez-Palm was credited with an assist on the goal.

However, Yahr netted her second goal of the night just 2:27 after Friedman's goal, off a pass from Sophie Reiser. Then, in the 58th minute, Reiser got the ball and dribbled in before potting a shot past Gina Winters.

After going without a save in the first half, Williamswas relieved by Winters in the second half; the junior had two saves for Penn. At the other end,Lillian Klein had six stops for Columbia

Penn returns to action Wednesday night at 7 p.m., closing out the non-Ivy League portion of its 2009 schedule with Binghamton at Rhodes Field.

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