Field Hockey Downs St. Francis, 2-0

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team opened its 2008 season with a 2-0 win against St. Francis University (PA).

The Quakers started the first game of the season dominating the ball, outshooting the Red Flash 7-1 in the first half. However, St. Francis goalkeeper Erin Reifsteck kept the ball in front of her, recording five saves to keep Penn off the scoreboard.

Penn was able to beat Reifsteck just once in the first half, when senior captain Margaretha Ehret scored an unassisted goal off a penalty corner at the 10-minute mark.

The second half saw St. Francis gain more possession time and short corners, but a strong Quaker defense kept the Red Flash from taking any shots. Following a timeout, Penn Coach Val Cloud believes she saw the team start to improve play.

“Following the timeout the team started to play together,” she said. “We were able to connect passes and I saw the kind of play the team is capable of.”

The timeout proved to be important as the ball once again became dominated by the Quakers. Off another penalty corner, senior Christina Ferrier deflected a shot from teammate Ehret that was set by junior Sarah Warner.

The goal proved to be the last goal of the game as the Penn rounded out the match with 12 shots over St. Francis’ one.

Senior goalie Alanna Butera recorded the shutout.

While keeping an eye Hurricane Hanna, which is making its way up the East coast, Penn is scheduled to return to the field Saturday, taking on Rutgers at Drexel’s Buckley Field. Game is set to start at 5 p.m., as Penn looks to break a tie in the series record. (6-6-1)