PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team looked as though they had something to prove when they took on Saint Joseph's University Wednesday at Drexel's Buckley Field. After starting the season 0-2 the Quakers came out with vengeance in the first half, scoring two goals, which proved to be all they would need in the 2-1 victory.
Penn's tenacious defense, led by seniors Katie Burke and Sarah Warner, kept the Hawks to a mere two shots in the first half, snatching the ball away from nearly every SJU scoring opportunity. When the Hawks did get a shot off, goalkeeper Kieran Sweeney made the saves.
Fine defense turned to superb offense in the 14th minute of play, when a breakaway led by sophomore Kirstin Snyder resulted in Annie Matthews' first goal of her career. Snyder passed the ball to senior Katie Rose who fired it towards the net where Matthews pushed it past keeper Kelly Swanick.
Six minutes later, Matthews scored her second goal unassisted. With her back to the cage, Matthews spun and flipped the ball backwards past a diving Swanick.
Saint Joseph's looked to mount a comeback in the second half, getting eight shots at the goal. Anne Schreuders attacked the Quakers' cage in the 42nd minute and successfully sneaked one by Sweeney to cut Penn's lead to 2-1. However, the Red and Blue were able to close out the game and clinch their first win of the season.
Sweeney recorded six goals in the net in the full 70 minutes of play.
Penn (1-2) travels this weekend to Burlington, Vermont where they will take on Vermont Saturday and New Hampshire Sunday.