PHILADELPHIA - Penn defeated Richmond, 2-1, in overtime Sunday afternoon when senior defender Tracy Bienenfeld converted a blast with just 43.4 seconds left in the second extra session. The win completed a four-match Ivy League sweep at the Penn Women’s Soccer Invitational presented by Holiday Inn City Line, as the Quakers and Princeton both won twice.
Bienenfeld's goal was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and knowing what to do when put in that position. The ball made its way down the left side of the field, and after an attempted cross the ball squirted out into the middle about 20 yards from the goal right at Bienenfeld. The senior showed great composure as she ran toward it and launched a rocket that sailed past Richmond goalkeeper Katy Hudson's right side into the upper corner.
The win kept Penn unbeaten at 2-0-1, while Richmond continued its hard-luck season in falling to 0-6-0.
"I have to give Richmond credit," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose. "They struggled Friday night against Princeton, but they bounced back and really came after us today. Their record does not at all reflect the talent they have; they are going to win some games this year.
"We struggled to get to grips with them in the first half," he continued. "We tried to get some new players out there and see how they would respond to playing in a match. At the end of the day, a win is a win and we will certainly take it."
In a match that was even most of the day -- Penn outshot Richmond just 14-13 -- it was that kind of play that would be the difference.
Richmond got on the board first in the 38th minute, when Nora Mann got the ball at the top of the box, beat a pair of Penn defenders and rifled a brilliant shot over Penn goalkeeper Cailly Carroll and high into the far corner. It was the first goal Carroll, a freshman, has allowed in her collegiate career and ended her shutout streak at 237 minutes 58 seconds.
Penn knotted things up early in the second half when Rachel Fletcher matched Mann in terms of panache. The junior, who led the Quakers in scoring a year ago, took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Spiders and placed a shot over Hudson and off the back post before it settled into the goal.
Richmond had a pair of chances in the final minutes of regulation, as a long-distance attempt hit the post and another low-angle shot beat Carroll but bounced harmlessly off the crossbar.
In the day’s first match, Princeton scored three late goals to defeat Hofstra, 4-0. The Pride took the play to the Tigers for most of the first half, but it was Princeton that got on the board when Diana Matheson got a shot off from 15 yards out that Hofstra goalkeeper Krystal Robens got a hand on but could not stop.
The score held that way through most of the second half, but the Tigers (2-1-0) picked up the pace as the match wore on and the result was three goals in the final 10 minutes. The first came from Meghan Farrell on an easy cross from Matheson, who had been sprung on a breakaway but chose to be unselfish. Farrell was then sprung herself just 39 seconds later and converted the 1-on-1 with Hofstra goalkeeper Krysten Farriella. Less than four minutes later, it was Marci Pasanello's turn to finish a breakaway and complete the scoring.
Hofstra fell to 3-3-0 with the loss.
For the tournament, Princeton's Matheson finished with three goals and two assists.
Penn will return to action two more times next weekend, hitting the road for the first time this season. The Quakers will play at UNC-Greensboro Friday night at 7 p.m., then at East Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.