Women's Soccer Falls to Yale, 2-1

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PHILADELPHIA- The Penn women's soccer team made a valiant comeback effort Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Field, but were unable to draw level and fell to Yale, 2-1.

The win dropped the Quakers to 2-3-0 in the Ivy League, 8-4-2 overall. Yale, meanwhile, moved back into a tie for first place in the Ivy League with the win, as Harvard fell in Cambridge, 1-0. Both Yale and Harvard are now 4-1-0 in the League.

The loss was also Penn's first at Rhodes Field; the Quakers were 7-0-1 on their home field prior to Saturday.

Yale got on the board in the 21st minute when Becky Brown -- the Ivy League's second-leading goalscorer, behind Penn's Jessica Fuccello -- took a ball along the left side from Kristen Forster and easily beat Quaker goalkeeper Gina Winters with a shot to the far post. Brown almost netted her second just seconds into the second half when she rocketed a shot that beat Winters but rang off the crossbar.

Yale's second goal came at the 68:15 mark when a ball was played in front of the goalmouth by Mary Kubiuk. Forster stopped it about 10 yards in front, beat a defender, then shot one past Winters' right into the goal.

Penn came undone a bit after that, as Fuccello was given a pair of yellow cards within a two-minute span and ejected. The Quakers' chances seemed dire at that point, down two goals and one player (the second-leading scorer in the country).

However, life was renewed with just over eight minutes remaining when junior Sarah Friedman's free kick from the right side skipped on the slick grass, went through traffic, and settled into the far corner. Just about a minute after that, Alex Dayneka had a great opportunity in front but it was snared by Yale keeper Adele Jackson-Gibson.

Winters went the distance in goal for Penn and had five saves; she was matched by Jackson-Gibson, who also had five stops.

Penn is on the road next weekend, traveling to Providence to take on Brown.

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