PHILADELPHIA - Penn left nothing to chance Sunday afternoon, scoring early and often in defeating Saint Joseph's, 6-0, at Rhodes Field.
With the win, the Quakers improved to 3-1-0 on the young season, while the Hawks fell to 2-2-0.
Just two days after being shut out by Michigan State and taking a 1-0 loss, Penn jumped out quickly Sunday afternoon against its city rival. In the first three minutes Molly Weir had two excellent efforts that missed the goal, but things changed when she was on the passing end -- her cross from the right side was headed home by Mara Fintzi at the far post just 3:12 into the match.
Just 2:26 later, Weir and Fintzi connected again as Weir's cross from the right side was pounded home by Fintzi just ahead of an SJU defender.
"I was very pleased with how we came out today," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "We talked to the team about getting out to a fast start, and they really took it to heart. We were able to get some people some minutes, and try players in different spots, and I could not be happier with our effort today."
Penn scored again in the 22nd minute when Jess Rothenheber put a free kick from the left side on the near post, where Jessica Fuccello got a head on it and nodded it inside the post. The goal was Fuccello's team-leading third of the season.
In the second half, Weir finally got on the board when a cross from the right side fell at her feet in traffic. She pushed it past Hawks goalkeeper Megan Bastianelli for a 4-0 Penn lead. Almost 14 minutes later, Weir scored again when she sent a left-footed shot from about 15 yards out just inside the far post.
The scoring ended in the match's final minute; off a corner kick, Fintzi dribbled the ball toward the middle about six yards from the end line, then slipped a pass to Eileen Larkin who put it in the goal from 10 yards out. For Larkin, a junior defender, it marked her first career goal.
Penn completely dominated the match, outshooting Saint Joseph's 25-2 and taking 13 corner kicks to SJU's two.
Sara Rose got the start in goal; after not seeing a shot in the first half, she was called on to make a nice diving save against SJU's Shannon Osborn early in the second half. Gina Winters replaced Rose in the goal for the final 13 minutes.
Penn finally hits the road next weekend for the first time this season. The Quakers are at Northwestern University Friday afternoon, then play Loyola-Chicago Sunday afternoon.