PHILADELPHIA - In a game that came right down to the wire, the Penn field hockey team defeated Harvard, 4-3, Saturday morning at Franklin Field.
Penn improved to 5-3 overall, 1-1 in Ivy League play. Harvard dropped to 1-5, 0-2.
Harvard opened the scoring just 10 minutes into the contest. Sydney Jenkins drove down the left side and fed Emma Keller in the middle. She turned and put a shot past Carly Sokach.
Penn leveled the game eight minutes later. Elizabeth Hitti had a low-angle effort along the right baseline that beat Harvard goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield.
Harvard regained the lead in the 22nd minute off a short corner. The Crimson's Noel Painter played it short to Caitlin Rea outside the circle, and she put a shot in that was deflected by Kaitlyn Boudah over Sokach's shoulder and into the goal.
Penn again responded. Off its own short corner, Sarah Hasson got off a shot that Sunny Stirewalt re-directed between Hatfield's legs and into the goal. Then Hasson put Penn ahead to stay with just 35 seconds left in the first half when she swept a backhanded effort toward the goal that Hatfield wasn't able to keep out of the goal.
Hasson made it 4-2 eight minutes into the second half when she re-directed a cross from Hitti on the right side and put it just inside the far post, past Hatfield's right.
Sokach kept the score at 4-2 with just over 12 minutes left in regulation when she stopped Kim Goh's penalty stroke. The shot appeared to be wide, but Sokach made sure it wouldn't go in by getting a stick on it. Sokach finished the game with nine saves as Harvard outshot Penn, 15-12.
Just a minute later, however, Sokach was helpless as Noel Painter got open from distance and powered a shot past the sophomore's right side into the goal. That made the score 4-3 with 11 minutes still to play.
Sokach had one final stop, with about a minute to play on a long-range effort, and Harvard ran out of time after the ball went out of bounds.
Penn returns to action next Saturday at Dartmouth.