BALTIMORE, Md. - The Penn women's soccer team used another dominating performance to get a win in its final non-conference match of the 2007 season, defeating UMBC 4-0 at the UMBC Soccer Stadium.
The Quakers got goals from four different players, and junior Molly Weir and sophomores Jessica Fuccello and Mara Fintziall recorded a goal and an assist.
Penn (11-2-1) has now won six matches in a row, which ties a school record for consecutive wins in a single season originally set in 2001. (the 1997 and 1998 teams combined to win nine in a row, bridging the last four games of 1997 with the first five games of 1998)
UMBC fell to 2-12-2 overall.
"This was a nice win for us," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "We were coming off a big win over Yale, and we were playing a midweek match on the road, and those are always hard. We started off a little slow, but started getting into it in about the 10th minute and created a lot of chances after that.
"Fintzi was a real sparkplug for us," he continued. "She was dangerous right from the start, made a great play to get us our first goal, and then scored a first-class goal herself toward the end. She was a huge lift for us."
The Quakers drew first blood in the 12th minute Tuesday afternoon, when Fintzi got the ball to the end line and sent a cross to Fuccello. Fuccello pushed the ball past UMBC goalkeeper Catie Bukowski into the right corner torun her goal-scoring streak to five matches. The goal was Fuccello's 10th this season, which is tied for sixth on Penn's single-season list (with Rachelle Snyder, who scored 10 times in 2001). Only a sophomore, Fuccello has 19 career goals, which places her in a tie for fifth place on the Quakers' all-time list with Carolyn Cross and Kellianne Toland.
Late in the half, the Quakers earned a penalty kick, and junior captain Natalie Capuano was true on the attempt to give Penn a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
In the 55th minute, Molly Weir knocked home her fourth goal of the season; she tooka pass from Fuccello at the top of the box and shot it past Bukowski's right to make it 3-0.
Fintzi closed out Penn's scoring, hitting a shot off the left post that went into the goal in the 69th minute. Weir was credited with an assist on the play.
Penn outshot the Retrievers, 21-7, and took 10 corner kicks to UMBC's one. Sara Rose got the win for Penn; she made two saves in 70 minutes, before giving way to Gina Winters who finished out the match without being tested. For UMBC, Bukowski was forced to make eight stops.
Penn is back in action Sunday afternoon, kicking off with Brown in the first of three Ivy matches to end the campaign. Kickoff in Providence is slated for 1 p.m.