PHILADELPHIA - With just 17 seconds left in regulation, senior Sarah Warner found the back of the net to send the Quakers' first game of the season into overtime. Unfortunately, Penn could not sustain the momentum as Monmouth (2-0) knocked in the winning goal just over a minute into the overtime period.
Penn's defense excelled in a back-and-forth first half that led to few scoring opportunities. It wasn't until 19 minutes into the second half that the Hawks struck and took the 1-0 lead.
Giving Penn only five shots on goal, Monmouth kept control of the ball for most of the game. Goalkeeper Kieran Sweeney and the Quakers' defense battled against 15 Monmouth shots and ten penalty corners.
A penalty corner as the clock ticked away its final seconds gave the Quakers a glimmer of hope. Perfectly executed, senior Katie Rose passed the ball in, senior Katie Moran stopped it, and Warnernetted a high blast past Monmouth goalie, Melissa Katz,to tie it up.
But the game-ending goal came when the Hawks turned a Penn intercepted pass into a two-on-one as senior Enza Mazza made a short pass to freshman Michelle Pieczynski for a high flicking shot over a diving Sweeney.
Sweeney played the entire game in goal, recording seven saves.
Penn traveled with only twelve players tonight, as the team's eight newcomers were unable to make the trip due to the University's new student orientation programs.
The Quakers (0-1) are back in action Sunday, when they host Virginia Commonwealth University at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field.