PHILADELPHIA - The 2007 season got off to a slow start for thefield hockey teamas they fell to Temple, 4-2, on Saturday. With the loss, Penn's record is 0-1. Temple improves to 2-1.
Playing on their home field, the Owls took advantage of a fast start, peppering Penn goalie Alanna Butera with six first-half shots. Jamie Adams tipped in an Alli Lokey shot at 7:25 to give Temple a 1-0 lead. Kasey Ruth followed with another Owl goal at 17:49, giving Temple a 2-0 lead at the half.
The second half did not start out any better for Penn, as Kasey's twin sister Mandi scored an unassisted goal to pushTemple's lead to 3-0 just two minutes into the second half. The score stayed that way until Temple's Dannah Brehm found the back of the net with a little less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Facing a 4-0 deficit, the Quakers never quit and were finally able to break through with a goal at the 67:15 mark. Rachel Eng finished off a Kathryn Rose pass for Penn's first goal of the season. One minute later, Margaretha Ehret got the ball past Temple goalie Erin Hanshue to make the score 4-2.
Temple oushot Penn 18-8 and held a 7-5 advantage in penalty corners. Ehret led the way for the Quakers with three shots. Eng has two and Jamie Calahan, Nina Ferrier and Meghan Rose each added one shot. Butera finished the game with five saves.
Penn will not have to wait long to face its next challenge. The Quakers face off against Kent State on the second day of the Temple Field Hockey Invitational. This will mark the first-ever meeting between the Quakers and the Golden Flashes. Game time is 1 p.m. at Temple's Geasey Field.