PHILADELPHIA - Penn prevailed, 2-1,over Brown in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field. Junior Kelsey Tahan scored an early first half goal, but Brown responded with its own goal in the second to take the game into overtime. Senior Rachel Eng netted a goal in extra minutes to lift the Quakers over the Bears in the final home game of the season.
The Red and Blue came ready to play for senior day as they dominated from the beginning. Penn was able to get a goal four minutes into the game to give the Quakers an early lead. Kelsey Tahan got her stick on the ball during a scramble in Brown’s circle to notch first goal; Tahan has scored a goal in all of the last three games.
Penn remained strong and continued to control the pace of the game. Late in the first half the Bears had a burst of offense and threatened to spoil Penn’s lead. The Quaker defense and goalie Alanna Butera kept sturdy to preserve the lead going into the half.
Brown’s energy continued in the second half as they were able to limit Penn to only five shots over the first when the Quakers got off 16. The increased dominance paid off and Brown scored the tying goal with 15 minutes left in the game to take the match into overtime. Penn had a few late opportunities to seal the win, but shots by junior Kathryn Rose and Eng were just wide of the goal.
However, it was Penn who owned overtime; in a two on one breakaway, senior Christina Ferrier passed the ball to Eng who barreled it into the back of the net for the win.
Eng has now scored a goal in the past five games, and the game-winner in the past four. Butera finished the day with six saves.
The win extended Penn’s winning streak to four; the Quakers are now 6-10 overall and 4-2 in the Ivy League with one game left in the season Penn is headed to No. 12 Princeton next Friday.