Villanova, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team lost a defensive battle with Villanova, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Villanova stadium, snapping a four-game win streak.
The first half was a defensive showcase for Quakers (5-4). The Red and Blue, who are currently tied for 18th in the nation in scoring defense, were tested several times in the first stanza. Villanova (6-3) had an opportunity to take the lead with 25 minutes left in the first half when the Wildcats were awarded a penalty stroke. Simone Schunk took the stroke, but sent the ball directly into the glove of sophomore goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg. Nova was awarded another stroke six minutes later, this time Vanessa Pizzulli stepped up to the line, but once again Schlossberg made the save. Late in the first half, Schlossberg made an incredible stick save on a shot from Catherine Somits to keep the Cats off the board. The only goal of the contest came with 7:55 remaining in the game when Sara Schmidt found Rory Rogers open in front of the cage.
Schlossberg made 10 saves for the Red and Blue, while Erin Scott stopped eight shots for Villanova. Villanova out shot the Quakers, 16-12 and held a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners.
The Quakers return to League action on Oct. 2 when they travel to Hanover, N.H. for a match-up with Dartmouth. The Ancient Eight contest will start at 2 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.