NEW YORK CITY - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team had won each of its first three Ivy League matches this season in overtime. That good fortune ended on Friday night, as the Quakers were beaten by Columbia in extra time at the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium, 2-1.
Amazingly, this is the fourth-straight year that Columbia has beaten Penn in overtime. The loss also ended the Quakers’ program-record nine-game winning streak, and dropped them to 9-2 overall (3-1 Ivy League). Columbia, meanwhile, is 7-5 overall, 2-2 in Ivy play.
Last year’s Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, Christina Freibott, ended it in the second overtime period on Friday night. She took a long breakout pass from Leah Matthews, and on the breakaway she dribbled around Penn goalkeeper Liz Mata before depositing it into the open goal.
That ended a game that was back and forth -- the Lions barely outshot the Quakers on the night, 18-17 -- but didn’t see a goal scored for more than 70 minutes after both teams had gotten on the board early.
Freibott opened the scoring less than three minutes into the match, off a short corner, but Penn’s Rachel Huang knotted it when she rebounded a saved shot off the stick of Alexa Hoover. It was Huang's third goal this season.
Mata finished the night with five saves, while Kimberly Pianucci had six stops in the Columbia goal.
Penn continues this three-game road swing with its final two non-conference games of the 2015 regular season. On Sunday, the Quakers are at Bucknell to face off with the Bison at noon; they will follow that up with neighborhood rival Drexel on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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