PHILADELPHIA— The Penn field hockey team held Rider to just one goal in the second half in a 3-0 loss at Franklin Field Wednesday night. Sophomore Helene Caniglia made her first defensive save of the year to anchor a Penn defense that held Rider scoreless for more than 25 minutes in the second half.
After giving up two early goals to Rider’s Sandra Penas, the Quakers made a strong defensive stand to end the first half and head into halftime down 2-0. Penn kept Rider from connecting on each of its penalty corners in the last minute of the half to keep the deficit at two.
Penn and Rider each had opportunities in the second half, but it wasn’t until Rider’s Marlaine Schneider found Gabby Burgo in the 60th minute that someone found the net. Burgo’s goal put the Broncs up 3-0.
Sophomore goalie Carly Sokach matched her career-high with six saves, giving up only three goals on 13 Rider shots.
Julie Tahan had an opportunity with a penalty shot in the 72nd minute after a Caniglia corner, but couldn’t put it past Rider goalkeeper Alicia Carthan. Carthan has yet to give up a goal this season for the Broncs.
Amelia Cohen, coming off an Ivy League Honor Roll nod for her multi-goal game against Liberty, led the Quaker offense with two shots.
“I thought we played really well from the midfield and we possessed the ball really well", said Head Coach Colleen Fink. "The early goals were a result of some people not executing our gameplan we came in with. Once they saw it first hand, [Penas] was shut out for the rest of the game".
The Quakers open Ivy League play this Saturday, September 15 at Cornell (0-4) at Marsha Dodson Field in Ithaca, N.Y. Last season, the Quakers beat Cornell 1-0 at Franklin Field in the Ivy opener on the lone goal from Emily Corcoran