A change of scenery can do wonders.
Getting away for the weekend, Penn field hockey traveled to New Haven and overcame an early deficit to beat Yale, 2-1. The win over the last-place Bulldogs moves Penn to 2-3 in Ivy play, good for a fifth place tie with Harvard.
In the first half, the Quakers (6-7, 2-3) dictated play, possessing the ball and creating offensive chances. Senior midfielder Alex Iqbal and junior attack Elizabeth Hitti helped the Red and Blue produce multiple scoring chances, as the squad registered seven shots on goal in the first half — more than Yale (2-13, 0-5) had in the entire match.
But alas, Penn was unable to find the back of the net with Yale senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier making seven saves, and both teams went into halftime in a scoreless draw.
Things changed quickly in the second half as freshman Kiwi Comizio beat Penn goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels for the first goal of the match.
But it wouldn’t be the only one.
With Penn down a goal, the Quakers’ top scorers kicked it into another gear. Just eight minutes after the Yale score, freshman attack Alexa Hoover got a goal of her own. The game-tying score was Hoover’s team-leading 12th of the year.
Senior attack Emily Corcoran followed Hoover’s goal with the go-ahead tally, coming off an assist from Iqbal. Corcoran now has nine goals this season after she tallied 13 last season.
From there, the Quakers held on despite a yellow card given to Hoover with just six minutes to go, leaving Penn short-handed.
While Hoover and Corcoran were the goal scorers for Penn, Iqbal and Hitti had just as strong a role in the offense, putting up eight of the Quakers’ 11 shots on goal.
The win ends a two-game losing streak in Ivy play for the Red and Blue and marks Penn’s second come-from-behind win of the season. It also gives the Quakers their second two-game win streak of the year, something the squad will obviously look to top in the coming week.
The Quakers play another road match on Tuesday, heading a short way to Villanova, before a Homecoming tilt with Brown — Penn’s final home match of the season.Comments powered by Disqus
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