MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Penn women's soccer team allowedtwo goals in less than aminute to James Madison early in the second half, and that proved to be too much to overcome as the Quakers fell, 2-0, in the opening round of the NCAA College Cup.
"I give credit to JMU, it was five minutes that we weren't in control and they took advantage of that," Head Coach Darren Ambrose said after the match. "I am disappointed, but am still very proud of what did this year."
With the win, the Dukes (17-4-1) move on to Sunday's second-round match against the winner of the nightcap between West Virginia and Navy. Penn's season ends at 13-4-1.
JMU got on the board when Annie Lowry turned and fired home a shot from about 15 yards out at 49:23. Just 49 seconds later, Lowry fed Cate Tisinger who one-timed a shot into the bottom left corner from six yards out.
"Lowry is a very good player and I thought we did a good job of keeping her quiet, but when players like that are given too many chances they are bound to put one away," said Ambrose.
Penn threw everyone forward after that, but could not get on the board. The Quakers did have a goal taken away on an offsides goal late in the match.
Jessica Rothenheber and Jessica Fuccello broke through a stingy Duke defense with two shots on goal, but both were gobbled up by keeper Stephanie Poucher who had six saves in the match.
For Penn, sophomore Cailly Carroll returned from an injury that had kept her out of action since Sept. 30. She made three saves in the appearance.
"It's disappointing now, but when you look at the big picture we accomplished a lot this season and are proud of what we've done," said junior captain Natalie Capuano.
The loss fit the profile of the team this season, keeping the Quakers from scoring has been the only way to win--all four losses were shutouts. The two goals were the second most goals allowed this season. Penn allowed its opponents one goal in nine games and one four-goal burn before Friday's outing.