WHAT TO KNOW
*Sophomore Sofia Palacios scored twice in a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Fairfield on Friday afternoon. The win marked the second overtime game in a row for the Quakers as the Red and Blue improved to 4-1 on the season with the victory.
*The Quakers dominated the contest and doubled shots for the afternoon over the Stags, 24-12. Penn also had an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners and a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal.
*Friday’s contest marked the second match of the year where Palacios notched two goals in a game; the sophomore also registered two scores earlier in the season vs. North Carolina.
*Penn returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 24th for the start of Ivy League play when they travel to Cornell. Game time is slated for noon in Ithaca, N.Y.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team notched their second overtime victory in a row in a 2-1 win at Fairfield (1-5) on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Sofia Palacios scored both goals as the Quakers (4-1) improved to 4-1 on the season and tallied their third-straight win on the season.
Palacios nabbed the game-winner in the 94th minute when she beat Fairfield goalkeeper Caitlin Bennett in a one-on-one to give the Quakers the victory. In a game where the Quakers dominated the offensive end and outshot their opponents by a 24-12 margin, the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after nearly 56 minutes of action before Palacios’ game-winner.
The Red and Blue began the game on strong footing and held a 7-2 advantage in shots for the first half. Palacios gave the Quakers the 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute off a rebound inside the circle for the lead heading into intermission, but the hosts returned following halftime to even the score at the 37:29 mark from a Hannah Pike goal.
The two sides would need extra time to decide the contest but the Quakers keep pressuring the Stags defensive third of the field. Penn earned corners in each overtime period but couldn’t find the back of the net off of chances in the 85th and 86th minutes. The Palacios score came off a long pass into the circle as the Quakers registered the win on the road.
Penn was led on attack by Alexa Hoover’s 11 shots for the afternoon while Rachel Huang and Palacios had four strikes each. Defensively, Liz Mata earned the victory and made three stops for the win. Fairfield’s Caitlin Bennett tallied 10 saves in the defeat.
Penn returns to action on Saturday, September 24th when they travel to Cornell for the start of Ivy League action. Game time is slated for noon in Ithaca, N.Y.