MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Penn women’s soccer team scored early, late, and right in the middle, and the combination was enough for the Quakers to gain a 3-0 win at Robert Morris Sunday afternoon.
Senior tri-captain Natalie Capuano had the first multi-goal game of her career, scoring the early and late goals. Freshman Theresa Yankovich added her first collegiate goal just before halftime to provide the margin of victory.
With the win, Penn improved to 1-1-0 on the season and gained a split in its opening weekend despite playing without Jessica Fuccello and Jess Rothenheber, its top two scorers from a year ago who missed the trip due to injury.
"We asked the women to control the tempo today, to play soccer the way they can play," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "And that is exactly what they did. It was not spectacular, but it was solid and we did not allow Robert Morris to get much of a feel for the game.
"We created a ton of chances," he continued. "We need to sharpen it up in the final third, but some of that can probably be attributed to the fact that we didn't have Fuccello and Rothenheber up front to lead the way."
Penn’s first corner kick turned into the game’s first goal in just the fifth minute. Sarah Friedman’s corner kick from the left side found the chest of Capuano, who settled and scored from within six yards.
In the 43rd minute, freshman Ursula Lopez-Palm -- the Quakers’ lone goalscorer Friday night at Pitt-- played a long throw-in to the edge of the box. Sophomore Kaitlin Campbell then flicked the ball into the box, where Yankovich was waiting. Yankovich side-volleyed a shot that beat RMU keeper Caitlin Dilal.
Friedman and Capuano hooked up again in the match’s final minute, this time with Capuano scoring on a low hard shot into the right corner of the net from just outside the Colonials’ 18-yard box.
Penn -- which has beaten RMU each of that last three years by a combined 13-1 -- completely dominated the match, outshooting the Colonials 29-4. Junior Sara Rose got the start in goal and was not forced to make a save in garnering the shutout. At the other end, Dilal had six stops.
The Quakers are back in action next weekend, hosting the Penn Classic at Rhodes Field. Penn will meet city foe Villanova Friday night at 7:30 p.m., after Hofstra and East Carolina kick off the event with a 5 p.m. match. On Sunday, Penn takes on East Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Villanova and Hofstra at 3:30 p.m.