PHILADELPHIA - Despite threats from Hurricane Hanna, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team made it to Drexel’s Buckley Field to play New Jersey neighbor Rutgers (3-0) on Saturday. Even with two second half goals, the Red and Blue were unable to get the win, falling to the Scarlet Knights 4-2.
The rain and wind gave the Quakers some trouble in the first half, as they were unable to gain control of the ball and find the back of the net.
Rutgers scored its first goal within the first twelve minutes and followed the goal with three more during the half.
The second half saw a different Penn team. The Quakers controlled the play of the game and within minutes of the start, senior Christina Ferrier connected a pass from fellow senior Margaretha Ehret to put Penn on the board.
Junior midfielder Kathryn Rose followed with another Quaker goal, when Ferrier crossed a strong ball across the goal and Rose chipped it past the Rutgers goalie.
In addition to an amped offense during the half, Penn defense was able to close passing lanes and limit Rutgers’ shots and keep them from scoring.
Unfortunately, the late drive proved to be not enough, as Penn fell. Even with the loss, coach Val Cloud was positive about the teams second half play.
“The kind of play I saw in the second half makes me look forward to Wednesday’s game against St. Joseph’s.” she said.
The Red and Blue are back on the field when they take on cross town rival Saint Joseph’s this Wednesday on Franklin Field at 7:15 p.m.