PHILADELPHIA The Penn field hockey team went out on the field Saturday hungry to win. The Quakers dominated play of the game throughout the match to shut out the Crimson, 2-0. An early goal at the start of both halves proved to be enough for the Red and Blue. The first goal was off the stick of sophomore Laurel McGarvie, followed by the insurance goal from senior Margaretha Ehret.
At the start of the whistle, the Quakers controlled the pace of the game. It was on Penn’s first penalty corner just over eight minutesinto the game,that McGarvie tipped the ball past Harvard’s goalie Kylie Stone, and into the back off the net. On the set corner play, Ehrettook a shot that would have gone just wide, but McGarvie was able to convert it into a goal.
The Red and Blue went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
In the first opening minutes of the second half, Ehret added an insurance goal for the Quakers. Senior Christina Ferrier passed to Ehret, who was open right at the corner of the goal. Stone had no chance to save Ehret’s shot as it soared to the opposite corner and in.
The Crimson had a few chances to notch a goal, but senior goalie Alanna Butera had two crucial plays that thwarted Harvard.
On a breakaway, Harvard’s Leigh McCoy was one-on-one with Butera, who was able to contain McCoy. Butera forced McCoy to one side containing her all the way to the end line, not allowing her to get a shot off.
Farther into the second half, Butera had her most impressive save of the season. Harvard shot the ballfrom fiveyards out, directing it to the top right corner. Butera dove in the air and stopped the ball, allowing the Penn defensive to clear it out of the circle.
The Quaker defense had an impressive game,holdingHarvard’s offense to five shots on goal. The defense cleared passes flawlessly to the Penn offense for fast transitions.
Butera recorded the shutout, her second of the season, with five saves.Stone recorded three saves.
The Red and Blue are now 1-1 in the Ivy League and 2-7 overall.
Penn is back on the road for three straight games, the first against Dartmouth next Saturday, Oct. 4 in Hanover, N.H. Game time is slated for noon.