PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team had little trouble with Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon at Ellen Vagelos Field, defeating the Mountaineers 7-1.
With the win, Penn improved to 10-3 on the season; it marks the first time the Quakers have reached double digits in wins in a season since 2004, when they won 13 en route to the Ivy League title. Appalachian State, coached by Quaker alum Brandi Alexander Kist, fell to 2-13.
Penn needed just 1:13 to get on the board Sunday, as Elise Tilton finished a pass from Jasmine Cole. Shortly after that, on the quarter-hour, the Quakers doubled their lead when Julie Tahan pounced on a shot by Emily Corcoran that was saved and put home the rebound.
Appalachian State got one of the goals back only 1:05 later. Off a penalty corner, Hanna French played the ball in to Emily Knapp who pushed it back across the circle to Laura Malinoski. Malinoski was wide open, wound up, and fired a shot past Carly Sokach’s left pad inside the far post.
A nice counterattack gave Penn its third goal late in the first half. Tahan started the play, getting open in the midfield and pushing a pass through two defenders to an onrushing Cole. Cole played it across the circle to Corcoran in front. Corcoran’s shot was again stopped, but this time Tilton pounced on the rebound for her second goal of the day.
Penn put this one away early in the second half, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes. The first one came off a penalty corner, as Tahan fed Cole and she wristed a shot that ASU goalkeeper Sarah Anderson deflected but could not keep out of the goal. Less than eight minutes after that, Sunny Stirewalt subbed into the game and made an immediate impression, her first touch a feed to Corcoran that led to a finish in front.
Stirewalt later made it 7-1 with a pair of goals less than a minute apart. Cole had an assist on the second goal. For the game, Penn outshot ASU 24-2 and forced Anderson and her late replacement, Cristina Creppi, to make 13 saves.
Penn is at home for its next two games, starting Saturday when the Quakers host Yale in an Ivy League game that has become critical to their chances at the Ivy title. The teams will face off at 11:30 a.m.