Women's Soccer Loses Shutout Streak, Match at George Mason

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FAIRFAX, Va. -Two early goals spelled doom for the Penn women's soccer team, which fell 3-2 at George Mason on Sunday. The loss was the Quakers' first in six matches this season, putting them at 5-1-0. The Patriots improved to 3-3-2 overall.

It was an unfortunate result for Penn, which outshot Mason 21-10 and took 10 corner kicks without allowing one to the Patriots. However, after going through fivematches without allowing a goal, the Quakers were stung twice in the firstnine minutes Sunday, then again in the second minute of the second half, and could not make up the three-goal difference.

Penn entered Sunday's match as one of just two NCAA Division I programs to not have allowed a goal this season. It took Mason all of 45 seconds to change that, as Mary Kate Lowry passed a ball out to Alyssa Andersen and she powered a shot past Penn goalkeeper Sarah Banks for her first of the season.

The Patriots made it 2-0 before the game was nine minutes old. This time Andersen was in the setup role, feeding Tiana Kallenberger for her team-leading fourth goal of the season into the top right of the goal.

Penn outshot Mason, 11-4, and took eight of its 10 corners in the opening stanza. However, the Quakershad no luckbeatingGMU's starting goalkeeper,Alex Bodenschatz, who had four saves in her 45 minutes of action.

As they have all season, the Quakers replaced Banks in goal with Caroline Williams at the half. However, it took George Mason only 1:14 to solve the senior, as Kallenberger fed Nicole Clark for her first goals of 2011.

Penn kept applying the pressure -- the Quakers would outshoot the Patriots 10-6 in the second half -- and that pressure finally paid off when the Red and Blue drew a penalty in the goal box. Senior Marin McDermott converted the PK, and the score was 3-1 with just more than 11 minutes to play.

Things got very interesting when Penn scored again less than four minutes later. This time McDermott scored in the run of play, with the assist going to Brianna Rano. McDermott's goals were her team-high third and fourth of the season, and give her 18 for her career which ties her for eighth on Penn's all-time list with Kelly Stevens (1995-98) and Rachelle Snyder (2001-04).

Unfortunately, that ended up being all the scoring on the day, as Mason was able to keepPennat bay in the final eight minutes. Lyndsey Hokanson played the second half in the GMU goal and had five saves.

For Penn, Banks and Williams had two saves apiece.

Penn's loss comes on the eve of its first Ivy League game, as the Red and Blue's defense of their Ivy title begins Friday at Harvard.

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