Immediate Release: October 14, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - Penn (7-3-2) stretched a 1-0 halftime lead with two goals early in the second half and defeated visiting Binghamton (6-6-1) 3-0 Wednesday night from Rhodes Field. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs and the final non-conference matchup of the season for the Bearcats, who entered the night having won six of their last eight games.
The Quakers, who lead the Ivy League in goals per game (2.18), struck early, converting a one-timer at the 6:44 mark for a 1-0 lead. Binghamton nearly tied the game twice in the opening period. Freshman forward Jamie Holliday drilled a shot off the crossbar in the 16th minute and sophomore midfielder Mary DeWitte saw her shot bank off the post just 3:17 before half.
Penn responded with a pair of insurance goals early in the second half and outshot BU 17-6 for the game. The Quakers scored on a 25-yard shot at the 49:53 mark and added a third goal just over 15 minutes later.
"We started off slow in the first 10 minutes and we'll have to fix that for our upcoming conference games," coach Sarah McClellan said. "Overall I was pleased with the opportunities we got at goal but we need to finish. If we had put some early chances away it might've been a different outcome. But I liked the caliber of soccer we played tonight."
Binghamton hosts UMBC Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats (3-2) are currently in third place in the America East and already have more conference points (9) then they did last season with three games still remaining.
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