PHILADELPHIA - Having had its mid-week match with Rider rained out -- the second time this year the Quakers and Broncs have been washed out -- the Penn women’s soccer team heads to Yale for another important Ivy League contest.
The Series: Yale leads the series, 11-2-2; these teams tied last year at Rhodes Field, 1-1, as now-graduated Carolyn Cross scored for Penn.
If Penn Wins: The Quakers will have beaten Yale for the first time since 2001, match their overall victory total from a year ago (8), and improve to 2-3-0 in the Ivy League.
Scouting the Quakers: Penn (7-4-1, 1-3-0 Ivy) was shut out last week by Dartmouth, 1-0, in Hanover. That the Quakers were blanked was no surprise -- the clean sheet was the Big Green’s eighth in a row, and extended its goalless streak beyond a month. Prior to that, Penn rolled past Robert Morris in brutal conditions, 6-0.
Scouting the Bulldogs: Yale (6-6-1, 2-2-0) was stunned last weekend by Cornell, 3-1, in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bulldogs began the year with a national ranking; last year, they were Ivy League champions and advanced to the third round of the NCAA College Cup. Emma Whitfield and Mimi Macauley have three goals apiece to lead Yale. In goal, Susan Starr has played in every match and boasts a 1.25 goals-against average.
Penn’s six-goal performance vs. Robert Morris was its best in a match since a 6-4 win over Delaware on Sept. 9, 2001; the margin of victory was the Quakers’ largest since a 6-0 win over Navy on Oct. 24, 1999.
Junior defender Ashley Hull had an assist in the RMU win for her first collegiate point.
Jessica Fuccello, a freshman, has recorded a point in six of Penn’s last nine matches (in the game where she has not gotten a point, Penn has been shut out). She leads the team in overall scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points.
Tracy Bienenfeld entered her senior year with eight career points (1 goal, 6 assists) and has matched that already this year, with two goals and four assists.
In goal, head coach Darren Ambrose has been playing a pair of freshmen, Cailly Carroll and Sara Rose. Carroll went the whole way vs. Dartmouth last weekend, after the pair split time in the previous weekend’s Ivy loss to Columbia. Rose has yet to allow a goal in 225 minutes of play, and Carroll’s goals-against average is below one (0.93).
A time change has been announced for the women’s match at La Salle (Wednesday, Oct. 25); the Quakers and Explorers will now kick off at 7:30 p.m., a half-hour later than originally scheduled.