Field Hockey Falls to Yale in OT, 3-2

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The University of Pennsylvania (9-5, 3-2) forced overtime for the second straight contest but couldn’t notch the game-winner as the Yale Bulldogs (6-8, 2-3) pulled out a 3-2 win at Johnson Field on Saturday afternoon in New Haven, Conn.

After finding themselves down 2-0 following two first half Yale goals, the Quakers battled back from a two goal deficit, scoring both tallies off penalty corners just 1:21 apart to tie the game at 2-2 in the second half to push extra minutes.

Sofia Palacios was the first to get the Red and Blue on the board just over five minutes into the second stanza to get Penn to within one at 2-1 at the 40:08 mark. Less than two minutes later, the Quakers capitalized on another corner, this time from Elise Tilton off an Alexa Hoover assist.

The Penn defense held steady throughout the remainder of regulation and the Quaker offense dominated the stat sheet, taking 11 shots to Yale’s two for the period. Palacios had two opportunities in the final minutes of the match with shots on goal but both were turned away by the Bulldog defense.

Yale found the game-winner in the 84th minute when Steffi Katz connected off a Danee Fitzgerald assist at 83:51 to seal the match in favor of the hosts, 3-2.

Today’s game marked the sixth overtime contest for the Quakers this season and the fourth in six games dating back to Oct. 2 for the Red and Blue.

Despite the outcome, Penn held a healthy advantage in shots, 21-13, and corners, 8-2, over their opposition. On the defensive end, goalkeeper Liz Mata made nine saves while Yale’s Emilie Katz tallied 12 stops for the victory.

The Quakers return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 25 when they take on Big 5 rival Villanova for a local matchup before coming back to Ivy action next Saturday vs. Brown. Game time vs. the Wildcats is slated for 7 p.m. in Conshohocken, Pa. while the Bears and Quakers will face each other at noon on Oct. 29 at Ellen Vagelos Field.