ITHACA, N.Y. - The Penn women's soccer team had little trouble in its first Ivy League road game of 2008, scoring four times in the second half to roll to a 6-0 win Saturday nightat Cornell.
Penn remained unbeaten in Ivy play at 2-0-0, and improved to 6-3-1 overall with its fourth straight win. Cornell fell to 1-7-1 overall, 0-2-0 in the Ivies.
The Quakers' 10th straight win over the Big Redwas also the most lopsided Ivy League win in Penn women's soccer program history, and the biggest victory since a 6-0 win over Saint Joseph's on Sept. 9, 2007.
Penn wasted little time putting Cornell behind them, getting a goal from senior Molly Weir just 9:37 into the match off a pass from freshman Marin McDermott. Later in the half, junior Allyson Gordon converted a through ball from sophomore Sarah Friedman to give the Quakers a 2-0 lead at the break.
Just six minutes into the second half, Friedman notched her first goal of the night on a 25-yard effort, and then 14 minutes later her feed was converted by freshman Ursula Lopez-Palm to put Penn up, 4-0. That assist was Friedman's 11th this season, which already sets a program single-season record. The previousmark of 10 was set in 2001 by Katy Cross. Friedman has figured in 15 of Penn's 26 goals this season, and had two goals and four assists in two matches this week.
Penn put this one away for good with a pair of goals just 1:08 apart late in the match. The fifth goal came when junior Mara Fintzi converted a McDermott pass, and the sixth goal came from Weir with classmate Nicki White getting an assist.
Penn outshot Cornell, 23-5, and Sara Rose made three saves as she went the distance to backstop the Quakers' fourth shutout in the last six matches.
Penn returns to action two times next weekend, hosting Columbia Friday night at Rhodes Field in an Ivy League match before going out of conferencefor an away game at city rivalLa Salle Sunday.