PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -Center forward Jessica Fuccello capitalized on an Army goal kick in the first half and Penn made that stand as it held on to defeat Army, 1-0, in a non-league women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Rhodes Field in the first-ever meeting.
The loss was the second this weekend for the Black Knights (5-5-2), while Penn (6-2-2) stretched its win streak to three straight while remaining undefeated at home (5-0-1)
Penn outshot Army 9-0 in the first half with Fuccello tallying her 11th goal of the season at the 16:17 mark when she fired a shot into the back of the Black Knights net after settling a goal kick. It was the first of three Quaker shots on goal in the half, while Army outshot Penn 4-3 in the second half along with holding a 6-2 corner kick advantage but was unable to score the equalizer.
Black Knight keeper Alex Lostetter finished with four saves, two in each half, in absorbing the loss, while Penn's goalkeeper was not tasked to make a save until the final two minutes of the game when she rejected back-to-back shots by Caroline Rice and Marilinh Nguyen in preserving her third shutout of the season.
"Pennsylvania controlled the tempo the entire game after coming out and putting us under pressure," explain Army coach Stefanie Golan. "Where a few opportunities could have been dangerous for us, they beat us to the ball.
"We learned a lot from both games this weekend and now we have to refocus to prepare for Navy on Friday."
The defending Patriot League champion Black Knights are tied with Navy, Colgate and Lehigh for third place in the standings after battling to 0-0 overdraw draws over the weekend with Army playing the Mountain Hawks and the Midshipmen taking on Colgate.
Holy Cross and American are tied for the lead in the standings after the Crusaders edged Lafayette. 1-0, and American beat Bucknell 3-1 in their respective season debuts.
Army, which opened a challenging five-game road slate this weekend, heads to the Washington D.C., area to take on defending regular-season champion Midshipmen Friday and American on Sunday.
NOTES: Senior co-captain Brittany Fearnside drew field time over the weekend playing up front in both game ... she is also a goalkeeper, but has not drawn net duty this season ... Army is 0-2 against Ivy League school this year, bowing 1-0 to both Brown and Penn ... goalkeeper Alex Lostetter, forward Dee Clegg and defender Caitlyn Gallagher are the only players on Army's roster to draw duty in every game (12).