October 29, 2006

Penn Scores Twice in Final 11 Minutes to Force 2-2 Tie with Bears

Oct. 29, 2006

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Sophomore Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) scored just 47 seconds into the game and senior Jill Mansfield (East Windsor, NJ) added another goal early in the second half, but Penn (8-4-3, 1-3-2) scored back-to-back goals in the final 11 minutes of play to force a 2-2 draw with the Brown women's soccer team (9-3-4, 3-1-2) on Sunday afternoon. With the tie, the Bears have been eliminated from Ivy title contention as Brown stands five points behind first-place Columbia in the standings. However, the Bears are assured a third-place finish in the Ivy League, their best finish since the 2003 season.

Brown got on the board nearly as soon as the opening whistle was blown. The ball quickly got down the field to the front of the Penn goal, and a communication breakdown between the Quakers left Cunningham alone in front and she pushed the ball past goalkeeper Sara Rose's left side into the side corner. It took all of 47 seconds.

Penn held the play for most of the half after that, as freshman Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) came up with four saves. However, the best chance of the half again came from Brown's Cunningham, who got behind the Quaker defense a second time and sent a shot past Rose that clanged off the far post.

Brown doubled its lead eight minutes into the second half when Mansfield took a long feed from senior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) and got behind the Penn defense. With Cailly Carroll, who replaced Rose at the start of the second half, stuck in no-man's land, Mansfield calmly chipped a shot over her head and into the goal.

Penn continued making moves and adding urgency to its play, and as time wound down the moves began paying dividends.

With the clock hitting 10 minutes, Jessica Fuccello was able to get behind the Brown defense and fire a shot past Hogue's right side into the far corner to make it a 2-1 match. Then, with just 1:36 to play, Fuccello again got in alone and was savvy enough to beat Hogue, tying things up.

Both teams had one spectacular chance in the extra sessions. In the first one, Fuccello was left all alone with the ball about six yards in front of the Brown goal. Her shot was kicked aside by Hogue. In the second overtime, Moos made a subtle toe-touch that sprang Mansfield in the Penn box, but Carroll closed in and was able to get there in time to block the effort.

Hogue finished with eight saves for the Bears who will close out the regular season next Saturday, November 4, when they host Yale at 4:00 p.m.