PHILADELPHIA - The field hockey team was defeated by Kent State on Sunday, 3-1. The loss dropped the Quakers’ record to 0-2.
Both teams came out tentatively with neither squad able to generate much offense. After a feeling out process, Kent State had the first shot on goal 8:05 into the game. The Golden Flashes managed six shots on goal in the first half. Penn goalie Alanna Butera was up to the challenge, turning them all away.
Unlike the season opener, where the Quakers were forced to play from behind all game, Penn jumped out to the lead at the 21:26 mark when captain Jamie Calahan scored her first goal of the season. She finished off a pass from Margaretha Ehret. The 1-0 advantage for Penn would stand at the half.
Kent State began the second half on a mission. The Golden Flashes put four shots on net in the first minute and a half, with the fourth finding its way past Butera. Rachel Miller converted an Allison Kittelberger pass for Kent State’s first goal, tying the game 1-1.
The score remained tied until the 53:10 mark when Nicole Leach provided the Golden Flashes with a 2-1 lead. Miller added to her point total with the assist on Leach’s goal.
Penn had opportunities to tie the game with three consecutive penalty corners. The Quakers, however, were only able to convert one into a shot attempt, which was turned away by Kent State goalie Kara Copeland.
Kent State extended its lead to 3-1 with just under ten minutes to go in the game. Natalie Barrett found the back of the net off a Charlotte Muller pass.
Butera saw plenty of action in net, making 11 saves. Margaretha Ehret led the Quakers with two shots on goal. Calahan and Nicole Black each had a shot on goal.
After the game, Penn head coach Val Cloud reflected on the weekend. “I would like to have left the weekend with at least one victory. We have to remember that these were our first games, while the teams we were playing already had multiple games under their belts. Even though we lost, I saw some good things from the team. I’m not upset about the results as long as we are learning.”
Penn’s next game is Wednesday when the Quakers travel to Saint Joseph’s. In the meantime, Cloud has some things she would like the team to work on.
“We need to work on quicker releases of the ball. We need to have better support on the ball. We are doing a good job of creating corners, now we need to just take advantage of them. The biggest area we need to work on is our composure under pressure. Unfortunately, that is something you can’t simulate. Better composure will come with more experience.”