CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Elizabeth Hitti scored in the first half, and the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team made it stand up Saturday as the Quakers defeated Harvard, 1-0.
With the win, Penn is now 6-1 which is the program's best start since 1993. The Quakers are also 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 2001.
Hitti's goal was an unassisted effort, and it came with just less than eight minutes left before halftime. Off a short corner, Penn's initial shot was saved by Harvard goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield and hit the crossbar. It fell to Hitti, who put it home. It made for a sweet homecoming for the Massachusetts resident.
The story after that was goalkeeper Carly Sokach, who had yet another double-digit save total (12) while pitching her second shutout in the last three games. Sokach needed to be on her game Saturday, as Hatfield had 10 stops while allowing just the one goal.
Penn returns to the new Ellen Vagelos Field for two games this week, starting with Wednesday's contest against Lafayette. The Quakers and the Leopards will face off at 4 p.m. Next Sunday, Penn hosts Dartmouth in another Ivy League contest at 11 a.m.