LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team was forced to go to overtime for the second game in a row on Wednesday at Rider. For the second time in four days Emily Corcoran ended it, scoring in the extra period to give the Quakers the victory. The final score was 4-3.
Penn improved to 8-2 on the season, its best 10-game start since the 1995 team was also 8-2. Rider fell to 8-4. This was the first time in four meetings that Penn beat Rider.
Corcoran’s goal was her second of the game, as she tipped freshman Jasmine Cole's pass by Rider goalkeeper Joelle Prettyman, who had come off her line. For Cole, the assist punctuated a five-point game for her as she also scored twice on the day.
For the third game in a row, Penn was victimized by an opponent’s quick goal to start things. Just 3:20 into Wednesday’s contest, Sandra Penas pulled the ball into the front of the goal and fired home a shot from point-black range.
Penn needed just over two minutes to draw level, as Cole rebounded Corcoran’s shot and put away her team-leading 11th goal of the season at the 5:25 mark. Midway through the period, Corcoran gave the Quakers the lead when she finished a pass from Julie Tahan, her ninth goal of the campaign. Penn’s 2-1 lead held until halftime.
Penn doubled its lead seven minutes into the second period, Cole notching her second of the day off a penalty corner. Elise Tilton was credited with an assist on the goal.
Rider got back within a goal just four minutes later, Nicole Hareau scoring off a penalty corner with the assist going to Penas. The Broncs then tied the game with just less than 17 minutes left in regulation, this time Hareau converting a penalty stroke.
Just minutes after that, Hareau would have a chance to give Rider the lead later in regulation with another penalty stroke. However, this time she hit the post and the score remained tied.
In the overtime, Penn was given a player advantage when a Rider player was shown a yellow card. The Quakers converted their goal near the end of that five-minute penalty.
In a wide-open game that featured plenty of offense, Rider outshot Penn 28-21 and took 11 corners to the Quakers’ 10. Carly Sokach had another stellar performance in the goal for Penn, making 12 saves (two of them in overtime). In addition, Alex Iqbal and Amelia Cohen were credited with defensive saves. At the other end, Prettyman had 10 stops in the Rider cage.
Penn remains on the road for its next two games, starting this Sunday when the Quakers play UMass-Lowell in a non-conference, neutral-site game at Yale. Faceoff is set for noon.