LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The Quakers scored first for the third consecutive game, but the top scoring offense in the country proved its merit Wednesday evening with seven unanswered goals to come away with the non-conference victory. Kirstin Snyder opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game with her fourth goal of the season, but the Rider defense settled in and held the Quakers attack at bay for the remainder of the game.
After the opening tip, the Broncs (16-1) took the early possession into the Penn defensive zone, but a nice run by Julie Tahan after a reception near midfield set up the early chance for the Quakers. Penn would then earn the first penalty corner chance immediately after the great run down the middle of the field. Tahan would get a chance to finish on the opportunity she created on the penalty corner, but her original shot was saved. Following a rebound off the goalie's pads, the ball found Snyder who placed her shot in the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. Tahan was credited with her team-leading seventh assist on the goal.
This goal extended Penn's streak of consecutive games with a goal to 14. Despite trailing early, Rider was unshaken and quickly went on the attack. Just over four minutes in, the Broncs earned their first penalty corner, but their shot would sail wide of the cage. Shortly after, they earned another short corner chance and converted the scoring opportunity to tie the game at one.
After the first goal, Rider continued the attack and got a second shot on goal, but Kieran Sweeney was there to make the save. However, the Broncs would earn the short corner chance following the save and would again capitalize on their chance, making the score 2-1. Just under three minutes after the second Broncs' goal, Rider got a free hit just outside the circle and quickly carried into the circle before the Penn defense could regroup and put its third goal of the night on the board.
Down 3-1, Snyder tried to bring the Quakers back to within a goal with her shot in the 17th minute on a penalty corner, but Snyder's attempt at her second goal of the game from close range was saved and Rider held the early advantage.
The Broncs kept the offense coming and reversed fields, trying to get a shot away, but the Penn defense came away with the block. After the blocked shot, Rider would get two penalty corner chances, but Sweeney made the save on the original corner and the Penn defense blocked the second short corner shot.
In the 23rd minute, Penn switched up goalies, going with freshman Carly Sokach midway through the first half. Just one minute later, Rider would put pressure on the rookie goalkeeper with heavy traffic right in front of the cage and came away with the tip-in for the fourth Broncs' goal of the first half.
In the 28th minute of the first half, Penn earned its final offensive chance of the first 35 minutes with its third penalty corner of the game. Tahan would come up with the big hit from the top of the circle, but her shot would be saved. Rider closed the half with more pressure in front of Sokach, taking four shots in the final five minutes of the opening half. Of those four, only one would be on net and Sokach would be in position to make the play. The other attempts went high and wide of the goal as Rider took the 4-1 lead into halftime.
The Broncs controlled the play to start the second half. In the first 12 minutes of the second half, Sokach was called on to make three saves and the Broncs took a pair of penalty corners during that time. However, the fifth goal of the game came on the fourth shot of the half on a cross from outside the circle. From the 49th through the 52nd minute, Rider took two more penalty corners and Sokach made another save, while three more shots went wide of the cage before the Broncs scored their sixth goal of the evening. Right after the goal, Sokach again came up with a save, but Rider would tack on the final tally of the night in the 55th minute of play.
Despite the deficit, Penn continued to play hard in the final fifteen minutes of play. The Quakers would earn two penalty corners, coming in the 57th and 58th minute with freshman Camille Parry getting her first shot of the season, only to have it go wide of the cage on the second corner.
After another Rider shot went wide, Penn earned its third penalty corner of the half and got two shots off by Helene Caniglia and Alex Iqbal with the ball in the Broncs' defense, but each take went wide of the mark. With just under 10 minutes to play Rider would take its final shot on net, but Sokach was again in position to make the stop. Rider earned the penalty corner, but its attempt at another goal went wide of target.
The Quakers closed the game with the final attacking opportunity with a short corner coming with just one minute to play in the game. However, the Quakers could not get the shot away and Rider came away with the 7-1 win on its home turf.
For Penn, Snyder and Tahan each finished with two shots on goal, while three freshman - Caniglia, Iqbal, and Parry - each had one shot in the game. Sokach played the final 47:47 in goal, the most minutes she logged in goal since the season opener against American when she started and played 49 minutes. Tonight, Sokach made eight saves during her time in goal. Caroline Olt also added a defensive save in the back for Penn, her first of the season.
The Quakers will be back in action this Saturday at noon up at Brown.
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