PHILADELPHIA - It was a youth movement for the Penn women's soccer team Wednesday night, as the Quakers allowed the first goal but responded with four unanswered tallies to take a 4-1 decision at La Salle.
Freshman Jessica Fuccello scored twice and added an assist, while classmate Jess Rothenheber scored once and sophomore Molly Weir also tallied. In addition, every assist came from a freshman or sophomore, and another freshman -- Sara Rose -- got the win in goal.
With the win, Penn improved to 8-4-2 overall; the Quakers' win total matches their total from last season, and Wednesday's victory guaranteed that the women will finish above .500 for the 10th consecutive season.
Rose entered Wednesday night's match having not allowed a goal in 335 minutes as a collegian, but that streak went by the boards in just the ninth minute when La Salle's Shelby Reese headed home a free kick from Jenna Guagenti to give the Explorers (8-9-1) the 1-0 lead.
Pennneeded 10 minutes to equalize, but Fuccello knotted things up when she took a pass from Ellen Gregory and put it into the left side of the goal.
Penn took control of the match by scoring twice in a four-minute span late in the first half. The first one came when Fuccello and classmate Allyson Gordon connected with Rothenheber for the finish, and the second goal was scored by Fuccello off a Natalie Capuano pass. The Quakers took the 3-1 lead into the break.
Weir scored her fourth goal of the season in the 62nd minute to ice the win.
Despite allowing her first collegiate goal, Rose was again outstanding -- after a nine-save performance at Yale Saturday night, she had eight more stops Wednesday against the Explorers.
Penn returns to Ivy League action Sunday afternoon, taking on Brown at Rhodes Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.