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W Field Hockey v. Yale 22 Kirstin Snyder M Credit: Michelle Bigony

The Quakers can’t seem to catch a break. A close game, a ball off a defender’s foot, and an inability to finish spelled defeat for the Quakers at West Chester, Pa., last night.

The Golden Rams needed just one goal to best the Quakers, 1-0. Though Penn had several scoring chances, the West Chester defense frustrated the Red and Blue offense, holding them scoreless throughout the hotly contested battle.

According to coach Colleen Quinn Fink, Penn played well, launching three shots in the first 11 minutes. The team also had more opportunities off penalty corners than the Golden Rams.

The Quakers’ shots out of the gate and increased opportunities in the circle are both positive steps in the direction of success for the Red and Blue.

But unfortunately, a bad bounce helped the Golden Rams (4-6) get on the scoreboard. In the 21st minute, the ball struck a defender’s foot and a penalty stroke was awarded to West Chester.

Leah Angstadt put the penalty stroke past sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Rothman, who made the right play on the shot but couldn’t turn it aside.

Despite the loss, Fink remained optimistic.

“The team is working hard day in and day out,” the first-year coach said. “The work ethic is there.”

Junior midfielder Kirstin Snyder continues to be a bright spot for the Quakers this year. After taking two shots against West Chester, she leads the team in shots on goal and is in a three-way tie for the most goals on the team.

The Quakers will look to rebound Sunday in their matchup against a physical Temple team with their eyes set toward an upset of their cross-town foes.

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