Philadelphia Freshman Ashley Wallach’s first collegiate goal could not have come at a better moment--the rookie netted the game-winner in double overtime to lift the Quakers, 2-1, over cross-town rival La Salle this afternoon at Rhodes Field.
“We are encouraged that we came away with a win today. It was a game we struggled to get a hold of and to find a rhythm for early,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “I give a lot of credit to the team for hanging on and finding a way to win. Also, what a great opportunity for Ashley. She got on the field for 15 minutes and was able to stick one in the net.”
With 6:34 remaining in the second overtime, senior Katy Cross began to break free in the La Salle (5-2-2) zone. Cross then found fellow senior Rachelle Snyder, who was able to get around her defender to feed Wallach standing wide open on the right side. Wallach sent the pass home to the far post out of the reach of keeper Kerry Schamberger.
Penn (3-4-1, 1-0-0 Ivy League) opened the scoring at 40:22 as Snyder banked home her second goal of the season off a pass from Cross. But the Explorers did not go away, peppering senior goalkeeper Anna Halse with shots before Jessica Eisele tied the game 1-1 at the 69:18 mark. Halse finished the day with eight saves while Schamberger had seven.
The Quakers resume Ivy League play on Oct. 2 as they travel to Cornell.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.