Field Hockey Grabs 1-0 Win over Cornell to Start Ivy Action


*The Quakers began Ivy League action exactly the way they wanted with a 1-0 win over Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. The win improved Penn’s standing in the all-time series between the two schools to 25-14-2.

*Rachel Huang tallied the game-winner in the 9th minute at the 8:58 mark off a penalty corner. Alexa Hoover earned the assist as Huang knocked in the deflection off the Hoover shot.

*With the goal, Huang and Sofia Palacios now lead the team with four goals each; additionally, Huang and Hoover are now tied with both having 10 points on the season to lead the team.

*Penn returns to action in just over 24 hours – they’ll make the trek further north to face No. 1-ranked Syracuse on Sunday. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Coyne Field.

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Rachel Huang goal in the 9th minute was all the University of Pennsylvania needed to claim their first Ivy League win of the season in a 1-0 victory at Cornell on Saturday afternoon.

Huang’s tally just 8:58 into the contest started from a well-earned penalty corner early in the match. Huang found herself in the right place at the right time following a shot from Alexa Hoover and tipped the ball past the Cornell defense for the score off the deflection.

The goal was all the Quakers needed to start Ivy League action on the right footing as Huang notched her fourth goal of the season with the game-winner and moved into a tie with Hoover with 10 points on the season.

The Quakers held a healthy grasp on the contest and outshot their opponents by a 17-12 margin as well as having an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners for the afternoon.  

The victory improved Penn’s standing in the all-time series with the Big Red to 25-14-2 while the Red and Blue has now won four of the past six meetings in recent history.

The Quakers improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in conference action with the victory while Cornell dropped to 4-3 on the season and 0-1 in the Ivy League.

Defensively, Liz Mata earned the win and made seven saves in the victory while Cornell’s Kelly Johnson also made seven stops in the loss.

The Red and Blue will be on short rest following the match – they’ll return to action on Sunday, September 25th when they travel to No.1-ranked Syracuse. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Coyne Field.