PHILADELPHIA The Penn field hockey team faced off against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks on Wednesday night, ultimately falling 2-1.
Saint Joseph’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead off of a Theresa Barbati goal, assisted by Jen Wrublesky. The goal, at the 6:57 mark came off the first shot of the game.
The score remained the same for the next ten minutes until Penn earned their first penalty corner of the game. Margaretha Ehret blasted a shot passed Saint Joseph’s goalie Rebecca Cunfer. The goal came off a designed play executed by Penn captains Jamie Calahan and Meghan Rose.
The tie was short-lived, however, as the Hawks rallied and re-took the lead just a minute and a half later. Marisa Pizzi slipped an unassisted goal by Alanna Butera. The half ended with the score 2-1, Saint Joseph’s.
The Quakers came out for the second half inspired, controlling the play and registering the first four shots on goal. Scoring chances came often for Penn as they were awarded five penalty corners in the second half. Much like the Kent State game, however, Penn was unable to convert on their chances as Cunfer turned away all six shots that came her way in the final frame.
Ehret was once again the driving force for the Quakers. In addition to adding her second goal of the young season, she also led the team in shots on goal with six. Head coach Val Cloud beamed about Ehret after the game.
“She provides stability in the middle. Margaretha is a big part of this team.”
Nicole Black had her best game of the season, putting all three of her shots on net. Her inspired play ignited the Quakers in the second half. Cloud had plenty to say about Black’s play.
“She was a terror on the field tonight. She was determined. She gave the extra effort all game. I was impressed by her anticipation of the next play.”
Calahan and Rose were the other Quakers with shots on goal.
Up next for Penn is their Ivy League opener. The Quakers travel to Cambridge to renew their rivalry with Harvard. The game is Saturday, September 8th at noon on Jordan Field. Cloud is already looking forward to the next game.
“Hopefully we can take this second half with us to Harvard. We started out 0-3 last year but were able to defeat Harvard and turn our season around. The Ivy League title is what we are here for.”