PHILADELPHIA - The Penn field hockey team went into Wednesday night'sCity Sixmatch-up hoping for a repeat of last year's game. In that game, the Quakers spent most of the game trailing Villanova 2-0, before a second-half comeback took flight and they scored three goals to steal the 3-2 win.
On Wednesday,the nationally ranked Wildcats (9-3) weren't about to lethistoryrepeat itself.
Nine minutes into the game, Villanova freshman Emily Donaldson scored an unassisted goal to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Just seconds before the end of the first half, senior forward Nyssa Liebermann scored her second goal of the year, off a pass from Melissa Black, to tie it up at 1-1. It was clear this was going to be another close game for the city rivals.
The two teams would spend another 19 minutes battling it out before anyone scored again. And once again, the Wildcats made the first move. Junior midfielder Catherine Somits scored with an assist from senior Megan Foster, to make it 2-1. Just five minutes later, Foster -- already one of Villanova's all-time leading scorers --showed why she holds so many records, scoring the third goal for the Wildcats, with an assist from Lauren Campanelli.
But the Quakers (3-6) did not forget last year's comeback win, and kept their heads in the game. Junior midfielder Nicole Black scored off a pass from freshman defender Sarah Warner with three minutes left, sparking what looked like yet another last-minute rally. But it was too little, too late, and the Quakers lost 3-2. With the loss, Penn falls to 3-6 on the season, while the No. 16 Wildcats improve to 9-3 overall.
Libermann and Nicole Black both had two shots on goal in the game, while Melissa Black and Tracy Statter added a shot each. Senior goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg had four saves in her 70 minutes of play.
The Quakers will play their third Ivy League game of the season on Saturday, as they travel to New Hampshire to take on Dartmouth. Penn is 1-1 in Ivy League play so far, while Dartmouth is 0-2 in the Ivy League and 1-5 overall.
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