PHILADELPHIA - With numerous chances at the goal, the Penn field hockey team struggled to find the back of the cage and fell to Villanova 4-0 Wednesday night on Franklin Field. With the loss, the Quakers fall to 2-5 overall while Villanova improves to 6-2.
Villanova scored early in the game, finding the net in the fourth minute of play on a penalty corner. Inputting the ball, Meg Ryan passed to Emily Donaldson who knocked it down for Dana Ramsden who then blasted it past Penn's keeper, Kieran Sweeney.
Penn stayed even with the Wildcats for the rest of the half, and actually held an advantage in shots (8-7) and penalty corners (7-6). However, the Quakers were unable to capitalize on their opportunities and could not get on the board.
To start the second period, Villanova quickly scored its second goal. On a breakaway, Ryan passed ahead to Meredith Sabatini who flicked it past a defending Sweeney. In the 43rd minute the Wildcats scored in the exact same fashion as the first goal of the game, but with freshman keeper Danielle Rothman in the cage for Penn this time -- Ramsden tallied the goal with help from Ryan and Donaldson on a penalty corner for a 3-0 lead.
Just two minutes later the Wildcats executed another penalty corner for a goal. Lauren Wuzzardo put it away with Donaldson and Amy Jackson recording the assists.
Penn played competitively and put itself in great positions to score with a season-high 15 penalty corners, but failed to finish. The Quakers and Wildcats both took 19 shots in the game. Villanova keeper Megan Goelz earned a shutout with eight saves, while Penn's Rothman and Sweeney allowed two goals each and Sweeney tallied seven saves.
The Quakers embark on their first Ivy road trip of the season, taking on Harvard Saturday at noon.