Philadelphia Junior Lea Salese scored 42 seconds into overtime to lift the field hockey team over Saint Joseph’s, 2-1, on Franklin Field on Wednesday night.
“Tonight was a must-win game for us,” Head Coach Val Cloud said. “It was a great team effort. We finally were able to play a game with the freshmen and see how they fit into the line-up. I feel like both teams had a lot of momentum in the beginning of the second half, but we took control of the game after we called our time out late in the second half. We started to be quicker with our passes and releasing the ball. I think everyone gave it a solid effort and we can look forward to Saturday’s game against Harvard.”
The Hawks (2-2) scored the first goal on Penn’s new sprinturf after just nine minutes of playing time. Senior Shannon Scott tallied her first goal of the season to give Saint Joseph’s a 1-0 lead. Penn (1-2) answered with a tally of their own at the 11:47 mark. Junior Cara Calahan took a pass from junior Liz Lorelli and fired it into the goal for her first tally of the season. Both teams had several chances to take the lead including a penalty stroke awarded to Penn. Lorelli took the shot, but lifted the ball too high and the shot went over the cage. The Hawks had a great defensive save by freshman Katie Young who jumped in front of the goal and stopped a Kristen Gray shot from landing in the cage. In the overtime period, the Quakers took the ball into Hawks territory and quickly fired shots. Penn capitalized on one of it’s 11 penalty corners when senior Sara Shelley stopped the ball just before the circle and passed to Salese, who nailed the ball into the net for the game-winning goal.
Sophomore Elizabeth Schlossberg made two saves in the cage, while SJU’s Jill Stacko stopped four Penn shots. The Red and Blue host Harvard on Sept. 11 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications