Box Score (PDF)
PHILADELPHIA- The Penn women's soccer team used a powerful, fluid approach to get its 3-0 win over Binghamton Wednesday night at Rhodes Field. The Quakers displayed a nice passing attack and took advantage of the Bearcats throughout the match in moving to 7-3-2 overall (including 6-0-1 at home). Binghamton fell to 6-6-1 with the loss.
The match was Penn's last outside of Ivy League play this season; the Quakers end the campaign with four straight conference matches, beginning this Saturday with Dartmouth.
Jess Rothenheber led the Penn attack, scoring her first goal of 2009 -- a beauty, we might add -- and adding assists on the other goals.
It did not take Penn long to get on the board, as Rothenheber played a long ball into the box from the right side that Ursula Lopez-Palm ran through to push into the goal. The time was just 6:44, and it was Lopez-Palm's first goal of 2009.
Penn outshot Binghamton 9-5 in the first stanza, but the Bearcats had two outstanding chance. The first came when Jamie Holliday pumped a shot from about 20 yards out that sailed over Penn goalkeeper Gina Winters' head but rang the crossbar. The second came when Mary DeWitte got in behind the defense and Winters, but was forced to a low angle and had her shot trickle off the post before it was cleared.
The Quakers established themselves in the second half, outshooting the Bearcats 8-1, and it did not take long for Penn's second goal to come. This time, Sarah Friedman played a long ball across the field to Rothenheber, who fired an absolute rocket from about 30 yards out that whistled past BU goalkeeper Erin Iman into the lower left corner.
The assist was Friedman's 21st at Penn; she needs one more to tie Kellianne Toland (1997-2000) on the Quakers' all-time list behind Katy Cross (25 from 2001-04).
Penn's third goal came just past the hour from a familiar source, as Jessica Fuccello netted her Ivy League-leading 13th goal this season off a Rothenheber assist. Fuccello has now scored in six of Penn's last seven matches.
Winters and Caroline Williams split time in goal and did not have to make any saves in collecting the combined shutout. At the other end, Jen McEachron had three saves in the first half and Iman added three in the second.
Penn and Dartmouth will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday on Rhodes Field; the match is the first half of a women's/men's doubleheader with the Big Green.
Download: Penn12 (Binghamton).pdf