Women's Soccer Hosts Cornell, Army This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team continues a busy, three-match week with a pair of home games this weekend. The Quakers host Ivy League foe Cornell on Friday night at 7 p.m., and then on Sunday Army comes to town for its first-ever meeting with Penn in women's soccer. Kickoff for that match is 1 p.m.

Penn started the week on the right foot, defeating UMBC 3-0 Tuesday night in Baltimore as Jessica Fuccello notched her Ivy League-leading 10th goal of the season and sophomore Marin McDermott added a pair of tallies.

Also In the League: Four league matches take place as the Ivy race enters its second weekend. Following Friday's Penn-Cornell tilt, the other six teams square off Saturday afternoon. In New York City, Columbia (1-0) hosts Brown (0-1) at 4 p.m., while at the same time Princeton (0-1) and Dartmouth (1-0) will kick off in Hanover. At 4:30 p.m., Harvard (1-0) and Yale (1-0) square off as both try to remain unbeaten.

The Series with Cornell: The Quakers have dominated this series over the last decade-plus, going 11-0-1 after losing the first six meetings from 1991-96. Penn will be looking for its 11th straight win over Cornell tonight. Last year, the Red and Blue posted its largest Ivy League win ever, a 6-0 decision in Ithaca. Cornell has not scored on Penn since 2003, a streak of five straight shutouts.

About Cornell: The Big Red has struggled this season, going just 1-7-1 and losing its Ivy League opener last weekend against Columbia, 1-0. Cornell's only win to date came against Colgate, and the Big Red also tied its season opener against Binghamton. Three players have scored twice this season: Maneesha Chitanvis, Hannah Labadie and Sidra Bonner. They have accounted for all of Cornell's goals this season. Sam Wright has three assists.

The Series with Army: Sunday's match represents the first between the Quakers and the Black Knights in women's soccer.

About Army: The Black Knights enter the weekend with a 5-4-1 record; they play a Patriot League game at Lehigh on Friday. Last weekend, Army lost a 1-0 decision to Brown before defeating Fairfield, 2-1. Elizabeth Betterbed and Deanna Clegg have scored twice each this year to lead Army; at the other end, Alex Lostetter has four shutouts and a school-record 20 for her career. She has twice earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.

About Penn...

*Penn enters the weekend leading the Ivy League in goals per game (2.38) and points per game (6.50), and second behind Yale in assists per game (1.75).

*Senior Jessica Fuccello, a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week honoree, enters the weekend leading the Ivy League in goals per game (1.25) and points per game (2.50); she also has a league-high three game-winning goals.

*Despite playing essentially two seasons prior to 2009 -- she played just two matches in her junior campaign due to injury -- Fuccello now has 30 career goals, which is second on Penn's all-time list behind Katy Cross who scored 50 goals from 2001-04.

*Fuccello also has 69 career points after her goal on Tuesday, which pushed her ahead of Andrea Callaghan (68 from 1996-99) for second place on Penn's all-time list. Cross is the all-time leader there, too, with 125 career points.

*Fuccello has scored in three straight matches.

*Marin McDermott's two-goal performance against UMBC was the first of her collegiate career. Overall, McDermott has four goals this season -- good for second on the team -- and seven for her career.

*Alex Dayneka had an assist on McDermott's second goal Tuesday night; it was Dayneka's third assist this season, tied for tops on the team with senior Michelle Drugan and sophomore Theresa Yankovich.

*In the Ivy League statistics, McDermott enters the weekend tied for fourth in goals per game (0.50) and sixth in points per game (1.00). Drugan, Yankovich and Dayneka are all tied for fourth in assists per game (0.38), and Drugan is also tied for seventh in both goals per game (0.25) and points per game (0.88).

*Drugan has seven points this season, with two goals and three assists. The senior entered this year with just four points for her college career (1g, 2a).

*Sophomore Caroline Williams has played every minute in goal this season, boasting a 1.40 goals-against average with 38 saves and two shutouts.

*Williams enters the weekend third among Ivy League goalkeepers in saves per game (4.75); she had three stops in Tuesday's win at UMBC.

Quoting Head Coach Darren Ambrose

"Looking at Cornell, I think all of our players want to get a win and get us back level in the Ivy standings. We fought hard at Harvard last weekend and took a lot from the game, we just did not get the result. Right now we are still building our Ivy season, and the goal is to build it to such a point that you are in there competing those last few weeks."

"Cornell will be competitive, their record is not necessarily strong but I don't think it is indicative of the team we will see Friday night."

"On Sunday, I expect to face an Army team that will be tough and competitive...you can always expect that when you face the military academies. We have never played them before, and I think it will be a good game. We are excited to have them on the schedule this year."

"Three games in a week can be tough, but I thought Tuesday's match at UMBC was the best thing for us. Everyone got to play, and even though it took awhile for the goals to come we played well throughout. We kept plugging away and we were more dangerous than we had been in recent games. A lot of our players gained confidence from the game, and we'll look to build on that this weekend."