Women's Soccer Hosts Yale Saturday

PHILADELPHIA-Coming off arguably its best week of the season, the Penn women's soccer team hopes to keep its momentum going this weekend when it hosts Yale. The Quakers and Bulldogs will match up Saturday atnoon on Rhodes Field, playing the first half of a women's/men's Ivy League doubleheader with Yale.

Penn defeated Binghamton 3-0 in a midweek match on Oct. 14, then followed that up with a 5-1 thrashing of Dartmouth last Sunday night at Rhodes Field. The wins moved the Quakers to 7-0-1 at Rhodes Field this season, with two matches left here (Princeton comes to town Nov. 7).

At 8-3-2 overall, Penn's wins last week also guaranteed the Quakers a winning record in 2009; they have had a winning record in every one of Darren Ambrose's 10 years as head coach.

Also In the League: Harvard (4-0-0) -- which defeated Yale, 3-2, on Tuesday -- is in the driver's seat heading into the fifth weekend of League play. The Crimson can take another major step toward their second straight Ivy title Saturday morning, when they host Princeton (1-2-1) at 11 a.m. At 6:30, Columbia (2-1-1) and Dartmouth (2-2-0) square off in Hanover. The weekend concludes Sunday when Brown (1-3-0) and Cornell (0-4-0) meet in Ithaca at 1 p.m.

The Series with Yale: Like many of Penn's series in the Ivy League, the series with Yale looks one-sided until you factor out the first seven meetings (all won by Yale). Since then, the series has four wins for Penn, four for Yale, and four ties. Last year, the Quakers and Bulldogs played a 0-0 tie in New Haven, the third draw between the clubs in the last four years (also 0-0 in 2006, and 1-1 in 2005). In 2007, here in Philadelphia, Penn defeated Yale 2-1.

About Yale: The Bulldogs (8-5-0, 3-1-0 Ivy) lost to Harvard, 3-2, on Tuesday in a match that was originally scheduled for earlier in the season but not played due to bad weather. On Tuesday, Becky Brown and Miyuki Hino scored - no surprise, given that Brown leads the Eli with 11 goals and Hino is second with four. Brown is second in the Ivy League in goals per game and points per game, behind Penn's Jessica Fuccello.

About Penn...

*Penn entered the week leading the Ivy League and 16th nationally in goals per game (2.46), led the Ivies in points per game (6.92), and was second behind Yale in assists per game (2.00). The Quakers are also third in the Ivy League in goals-against average (1.33).

*Senior Jessica Fuccello, a three-time Ivy League and two-time ECAC Player of the Week honoree, entered the week second in the nation in goals per game (1.23) behind Nebraska freshman Morgan Marlborough. Fuccello also is fourth nationally in points per game (2.54) and leads the Ivy League with five 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 36 career goals, which is second on Penn's all-time list behind Katy Cross who scored 50 goals from 2001-04.

*Fuccello also has 82 career points after her performance last Sunday, which is second on Penn's all-time list. Cross is the all-time leader there, too, with 125 career points.

*Fuccello -- who has scored in seven of Penn's last eight matches -- has 16 goals this season which is tied for Penn's single-season record; Katy Cross originally set the mark in 2003.

*Senior Jess Rothenheber broke out in last Wednesday's win over Binghamton, with a brilliant goal and two assists. She then had an assist Sunday vs. Dartmouth.

*A two-time second-team All-Ivy selection, Rothenheber has four assists in Penn's last three games and 16 for her career which is tied for fourth on Penn's all-time list.

*Rothenheber is tied for second among Ivy League players in assists per game (0.42).

*Freshman Yvonne Moyer had a goal and an assist Sunday vs. Dartmouth, the first points of her collegiate career.

*Junior Sarah Friedman -- a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago -- has 21 career assists, which is one shy of Kellianne Toland (1997-2000) for second on Penn's all-time list. Katy Cross holds the all-time record with 25.

*Senior Michelle Drugan, who scored a brilliant goal last Sunday, is sixth among Ivy players in points per game (0.92), eighth in goals per game (0.31), and ninth in assists per game (0.31).

*Drugan has 12 points this season, with four goals and four assists. The senior entered this year with just four points for her college career (1g, 2a).

*Sophomore Marin McDermott is seventh among Ivy players in goals per game (0.38) and eighth in points per game (0.77).

*Sophomore Theresa Yankovich is tied for fourth among Ivy players in assists per game (0.36).

*Sophomore Caroline Williams is third among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 1.25 goals-against average, and averages 3.85 saves per game.

*Junior Gina Winters has started the last two matches in goal and seen a half of action in each of the last three; she has two saves and a 2.00 GAA.

Quoting Head Coach Darren Ambrose

"Every time we have played Yale, no matter the stakes or the final score, the game has been entertaining. Both times like to knock it around and play, and it makes for a fun game to watch."

"We saw them play Tuesday against Harvard, and we know that they are a good, well-organized team, and they have some real threats offensively especially on the counterattack. There is a lot of familiarity on both sides, the players know each other and so do the coaches."

"We had a full week to prepare this time around, so we gave the players an extra day off with fall break. We are in that part of the season where legs start to get a little heavy and players are tiring more easily, so you try to keep your players fresh without losing their sharpness."