PHILADELPHIA The Penn field hockey team rolled over cross-town rival Temple, 4-1, on Wednesday night. The Quakers scored all four of their goals in the first half, starting with Rachel Eng’s goal in the fifth minute of play.
Once again the Red and Blue were ready to play right at the start of the whistle and within the first six minutes Penn was already ahead. Eng was able to connect on a reflection after the goalie had blocked a shot from Margaretha Ehret on a set corner play.
Just over six minutes later Eng notched her second goal of the game when she drove the ball into the back of the net off a pass from Meredith Moran.
The Owls were able to get their own goal in the 26th minute of play. The goal came off the stick off Jamie Adams.
Temple continued to provide pressure, but goalie Alanna Butera made several crucial saves to prevent the Owls from tying the game.
The Quakers sealed the win late in the first half on two perfectly executed goals. Kathryn Burke worked the ball down into Owl territory and at the top of the circle Burke crossed it to a wide open Kathryn Rose who was there to bang it into the back of the net.
Less then a minute later, Kelsey Tahan added her own goal when Eng lofted the ball to Tahan who was waiting at the corner of the net Tahan’s first collegiate goal.
The four first half goals were enough as the second half remained scoreless and the Quakers earned their fourth win of the season.
This is the the third game in a row Eng has provided a goal. This is also the second game in a row that she recorded the game-winner.
Butera ended the night with two saves, while freshmen goalieKieran Sweeneysaw her first collegiate minutes.
Penn is on the road this weekend as it heads to Yale to face the Bulldogs on Saturday at noon. The Quakers have just three games left on the schedule, all of them crucial Ivy League matchups.