PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's soccer team hosts Brown Sunday afternoon at Rhodes Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The Quakers (8-4-2, 1-3-1 Ivy) are looking to surpass their win total from last year with a win. In addition, a Penn victory would knock Brown (9-3-3, 3-1-1 Ivy) out of the Ivy chase for good.
Penn will honor its two seniors prior to the match, Megan Boys and Tracy Bienenfeld. The files on the two players...
Megan Boyshas played in 57 games with 45 starts in her career, and Sunday will mark her 39th consecutive start dating back to the 2004 season.She has been an anchor on a Quaker defense that has allowed just nine goals in 14 matches this season. In addition, her first two career points came this year in the form of assists against Lafayette and UNC-Greensboro.Boys has emerged as a quiet leader of the Penn defense since she became a regular starter as a sophomore. She is an elementary education major in the College from Ventura, Calif.
A captain this year, Tracy Bienenfeldhas played in 60 career games and is making her 28th career start Sunday. This senior defender was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year, and has a career-high eight points this season. She scored the overtime match-winner versus Richmond earlier this season and has dished out six assists, including three against Robert Morris.Bienenfeld's first collegiate goal came last year against Bucknell and proved to be the match-winner. Her overall career stats arethree goals and10 assistsfor 16 points. She is ahealth and societies major in the College, from Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Some other notes about Sunday's match...
Penn and Brown will be meeting for the 16th time, looking to break a 7-7-1 deadlock in the series. The Quakers have dominated the series of late, however, winning five in a row (four by shutout), six of the last seven and seven of the last nine.
At this point, Sunday’s match could also set up to be the last at home for seniors Tracy Bienenfeld and Megan Boys; we say could be because, at print time, the home match with Rider -- postponed twice already -- was still up in the air.
Penn defeated La Salle, 4-1, Wednesday night; the Quakers allowed the first goal in the ninth minute, but came back with the equalizer 10 minutes later and then put the match away with a pair of goals just four minutes apart late in the first half.
It was a youth movement at La Salle, as every point recorded by the Quakers came from a freshman or sophomore. Freshman Jessica Fuccello led the parade with two goals and an assist, pushing her team-leading totals to seven goals and five assists for 19 points. Classmate Jess Rothenheber also scored -- off a Fuccello feed -- as did sophomore Molly Weir.
At the other end, freshman Sara Rose had another outstanding match -- just a few nights after coming up with a season-high nine saves at Yale, she had eight against the Explorers. However, she did allow the ninth-minute goal, the first she has given up as a collegiate goalie. It took opponents 344 minutes to finally dent the net against her.
Wednesday night’s win guaranteed Penn a winning record for the 10th straight season, even if the match with Rider is made up. In addition, the Quakers have already matched their win total from last year (8).
The last time the Quakers played within the Ivy League was last Saturday evening in New Haven, Conn., where they gained a 0-0 tie with defending League champion Yale. Do not be fooled by the score -- it was a highly entertaining match that saw both teams have golden scoring opportunities they could not finish.
Brown is unbeaten in its last six matches, including five wins in a row. Entering the weekend, the Bears had also provided Ivy League leader Columbia with its only blemish in conference play -- they tied the Lions, 0-0, on September 29.
Kathryn Moos has certainly been on fire recently for Brown; she has nine goals and two assists in the last five matches, giving her 33 points (14g, 5a) for the season. Earlier this week, she was named to the SoccerBuzz.com Elite Team of the Week for the third time this season.
In the Brown goal, Brenna Hogue has played all but seven minutes and has a 0.96 goals-against average with four shutouts.