PHILADELPHIA - Following a tough loss at Columbia Saturday night, the Penn women's soccer team is home for one final non-conference match this Wednesday night as the Quakers host Binghamton. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Rhodes Field.
The Quakers (6-3-2) came back twice on the Lions Saturday in New York City, but a pair of goals in a four-minute span spelled doom as Penn fell 4-2. The loss pushed Penn's Ivy record to 1-2-0.
Also In the League: Four more League matches take place this weekend as the Ivy race continues. The action starts Friday night in New Haven, where Yale (1-0) hosts Dartmouth (2-0). On Saturday, Princeton (0-2) is at Brown (1-1) at 3 p.m., while Harvard (1-0) is at Cornell (0-2) at 4:30 p.m. Penn and Columbia finish the weekend action at 7 p.m. (Yale and Harvard, by the way, did not play last weekend due to inclement weather in New Haven; they are scheduled to make up their match on October 20).
The Series with Binghamton: The Quakers and the Bearcats are meeting for the first time in women's soccer.
About Binghamton: The Bearcats (6-5-1) are on a surge of late, winning six of their last eight matches after starting the season 0-3-1. Most recently, BU defeated Hartford and Maine last weekend to improve to 3-2-0 in America East. Freshman Emily Pape scored both goals, and has a three-game goalscoring streak entering Wednesday's contest. She has three goals this season along with Jamie Holliday; Amanda Casares has two. In goal, Jen McEachron has a 0.83 goals-against average and 28 saves in 540 minutes, while Erin Iman has a 1.12 GAA and 41 saves in 560 minutes.
*Penn entered the week leading the Ivy League in goals per game (2.18), second behind Yale in points per game (5.91), and tied for third with Harvard in assists per game (1.55) behind Yale and Columbia.
*Senior Jessica Fuccello, a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week honoree, entered the week leading the Ivy League in goals per game (1.09) and second to Yale's Becky Brown in points per game (2.18); she also has a league-high four 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 32 career goals, which is second on Penn's all-time list behind Katy Cross who scored 50 goals from 2001-04.
*Fuccello also has 73 career points after her goal on Saturday, which is second on Penn's all-time list. Cross is the all-time leader there, too, with 125 career points.
*Fuccello has scored in five of Penn's last six matches.
*Junior Sarah Friedman, a first-team All-Ivy selection a year ago, and freshman Ursula Lopez-Palm recorded their first points of 2009 when Lopez-Palm assisted Friedman's goal in Saturday's loss at Columbia.
*Senior Michelle Drugan is tied for fifth among Ivy players in assists per game (0.36), tied for seventh with teammate Marin McDermott in points per game (0.91), and ninth in goals per game (0.27).
*Drugan has 10 points this season, with three goals and four assists. The senior entered this year with just four points for her college career (1g, 2a).
*In addition to being tied with Drugan on the points list, McDermott entered the week tied for fourth in the Ivy League in goals per game (0.45).
*Sophomore Theresa Yankovich is tied for eighth in assists per game (0.33).
*Senior Jess Rothenheber assisted Fuccello's goal in Saturday's loss at Columbia; she now has two assists this season and 13 for her career, which is tied for eighth on Penn's all-time list.
*Sophomore Caroline Williams has played every minute in goal this season, boasting a 1.47 goals-against average with 46 saves and three shutouts.
*Williams entered the week third among Ivy League goalkeepers in saves per game (4.18) and third with three shutouts.
Quoting Head Coach Darren Ambrose