NEWARK, DEL. - Rachel Huang’s score in the waning minutes of regulation helped push overtime between the University of Pennsylvania and 8th-ranked Delaware, but the Blue Hens captured the double-overtime, game winner in the 86th minute to claim the non-conference win, 3-2, on Sunday.
The match marked the fifth overtime game for the Quakers this season and the fourth that required a second period of extra-time. The Blue Hens capitalized off a penalty corner at the 85:59 mark when Greta Nauck tallied the game winner.
Penn fell to 9-4 overall with the loss while Delaware improved to 13-2. It marked the first matchup between the two schools since the 2010 season.
The Quakers rallied from a 2-0 deficit following the first 20 minutes of action after two Delaware goals to start the contest. Junior Alexa Hoover notched her ninth goal of the season in the 25th minute to cut the Red and Blue deficit to one at 2-1 when she put home a close-range ball from five yards out.
The score would stand at 2-1 heading into intermission, but the Quakers defense - anchored by goalkeeper Liz Mata’s career-high 14 saves – was stingy throughout the second half. The Penn defensive unit turned away Delaware’s nine second half shots to keep the score at 2-1 as the match entered the final minutes.
Huang’s score, her fifth of the season, came off a penalty corner in the 68th minute to tie the match at 2-2. Huang connected from the post from Alexa Schneck’s shot to send the match into overtime.
The Blue Hens couldn’t penetrate the Red and Blue defense through the first 15 minutes of overtime, as the Quakers turned away two shots in the first stanza of extra time. With neither team finding the back of the net, the contest entered a second extra frame.
Delaware’s Nauck notched the game-winner less than a minute into the second period of overtime, connecting off a penalty corner at the 85:59 mark from a Marjelle Scheffers assist.
On the defensive end, Mata bested her previous career-high with today’s 14 saves. Delaware goalkeeper Emmeline Oltmans made two in the win.
Penn will return to action next Saturday, October 22nd when they travel to Newark, Del. to take on the Yale Bulldogs in an Ivy League matchup. Game time is slated for Noon.