Women's Soccer Falls at Harvard, 3-2

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Penn women's soccer team scored first and scored last in Saturday morning's Ivy League showdown with Harvard at Ohiri Field. The bad news was that the Crimson scored three times between those tallies, and as a result took a 3-2 decision in the conference opener for both sides.

Penn fell to 3-2-2 overall with the loss, while defending co-champion Harvard improved to 2-5-1.

The Quakers got on the board early when, in the 12th minute,Jessica Fuccello one-timed a ball from Laura Yu with her left foot past Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann. It was Fuccello's League-leading ninth goal of the season, and gave her 29 for her career which puts her alone in second place on Penn's all-time list. The assist was Yu's second in as many matches.

Harvard got that goal back at the 24:45 mark when Christina Hagner finished off a cross and put it into an open goal. Then, just before halftime, the Crimson got the lead when Melanie Baskind rebounded a shot inside the box and finished it into the lower left corner.

Harvard's lead doubled early in the second stanza when the Crimson was awarded a penalty kick after forward Katherine Sheeleigh was taken down in the goal box. Lizzy Nichols made good on the effort, and the score was 3-1.

Penn was able to carve the deficit in half in the 70th minute when a Michelle Drugan cross was one-timed by sophomore Theresa Yankovich into the net. That was it for the scoring, however.

Harvard outshot Penn, 18-13, and forced Quaker goalkeeper Caroline Williams to make five saves. At the other end, Mann had one stop on the day.

Penn returns to action Tuesday, taking on UMBC in a non-conference match in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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