WHAT TO KNOW
*The Quakers notched a 6-0 win over first-year program LIU-Brooklyn to move to 2-1 on the season.
*Alexa Hoover tallied one goal and one assist for three points on the afternoon. With the totals, she’s moved to No. 2 on the all-time points list (97) and has tied for No. 2 on the all-time goals list (42).
*Today’s 6-0 victory matches the largest goal differential for the Quakers dating back to a 7-1 win over Appalachian State on Oct. 20th, 2013. It matches their largest shutout victory last set in 2003 vs. Columbia.
*Today’s game marked a Quaker reunion on the sidelines: LIU-Brooklyn’s assistant coach is 2013 graduate Kyle DeSandes-Moyer.
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania started fast and never looked back in a 6-0 shutout victory over the visiting LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds on Friday afternoon. Extremely high temperatures reached the low 100’s on the turf as the Quakers tallied their second win of the season to move to 2-1 on the year.
The match marked just the third contest in LIU-Brooklyn’s history as they dropped to 0-3 on the season in their first year of NCAA competition.
The Quakers outshot their opponents by a 35-0 margin and held a 13-0 advantage in penalty corners as Rachel Huang and Elise Tilton led the Red and Blue in scoring with two goals each. Alexa Schneck, Alexa Hoover and Gina Guccione also tallied points on the afternoon where Penn dominated the action from start to finish.
It took just four minutes into the contest for Penn to score their first goal, a Schneck score off a Hoover assist, for the Red and Blue to take the early lead. Just over seven minutes later, Hoover tallied her first score of the season from an Elise Tilton pass to put the Red and Blue up 2-0 at the 11:54 mark.
The Red and Blue continued to pressure the Blackbirds in the ensuring minutes. At the 27:31 mark, junior Rachel Huang scored her first of two goals with a reverse-stick shot to the near post to give Penn a 3-0 lead. She added an insurance goal in the 33rd minute to close out the half, picking up a loose ball inside the circle to give the Quakers a 4-0 lead heading into halftime.
With a hefty 19-0 advantage in shots after the first stanza, the Quakers continued to pressure following intermission. Elise Tilton put the Red and Blue up 5-0 just over ten minutes into the second half off a Guccione assist, finishing to the low right post off a penalty corner.
Tilton would finish the Penn scoring in the final seconds of the contest, scoring as the clock ran out off a scramble in front of goal.
Hoover led the Quakers with 12 shots on the afternoon and placed seven on goal, while Guccione followed closely behind with 11 strikes. Defensively, all four Penn goalkeepers – Liz Mata, Reina Kern, Ava Rosati and Haley Gelberg – saw action in the contest.
Penn returns to action on Sunday, September 11th when they travel to Merion Station to take on Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m.