PHILADELPHIA- The Penn field hockey came onto Franklin Field ready to avenge its 1-0 overtime loss at Columbia last year, and the Quakers did just that.The Red and Blue had anall-aroundwell played game to edge the Lions, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.Rachel Eng added two goals in the first half. The Lions notched its own goal to bring the game within reach, but it was Kathryn Rose'sinsurance goal late in the gamethat sealed the win.
The Red and Blue dominated the game right from the start whistle, but it wasn’t until 15th minute that the Quakers got on the board. Eng connected on a pass from Christina Ferrier to find the back of the net. Eng added another one 10 minutes later to take Penn into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
Penn remained strong through the second half, preventing Columbia from maintaining control of the ball. However, the Lions were able to keep the game from slipping for them when they scored off a penalty corner. Megan Davidson lofted the ball and Christine Buszczak was at the corner of the goal to tap it in.
Columbia kept the pressure high as the Penn defense was forced to keep strong to prevent the Lions from tying the game. Columbia had several shots that went just wide of the goal.
Penn was able to score an insurance goal with four minutes left to seal the win. Rose drove a cross from Kelsey Tahan straight into the net.
Eng now has five goals on the season, three of them coming in the last two games, while Rose has recorded two. Tahan, who also assisted on Eng’s second goal, has two assists this season.
Goalie Alanna Butera recorded three saves. The Quaker defense also had an impressive game; their quick sticks prevented the Lions from seeing good shot opportunities throughout the match.
Penn is now 2-2 in Ivy League play and 3-10 overall, while Columbia fell to 1-3 in the Ivies and 9-3 overall.
The Quakers are back on Franklin Field Wednesday night to host city-rival Temple at 7:15 p.m.