Shootout Victory for Penn, 1-0

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Grace McInerney. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Fall after Scoreless Tie in Double Overtime

PHILADELPHIA – With a history of closely played contests, the Yale-Penn field hockey series reached a new level on Saturday afternoon at Vagelos Field. After 70 minutes of regulation play and a pair of overtimes totaling 30 minutes, neither team had scored. The game was thus decided by a shootout -- with the Quakers scoring twice and Yale scoring once -- for a final score of 1-0 Penn.

That was the 17th time in the last 21 meetings between these two teams that the game was decided by one goal. This was Penn's first experience with the shootout system determining a game; Yale had played one such game, falling 3-2 at Quinnipiac two years ago.

Penn (11-3, 4-1 Ivy League) had a decided edge in corners in the first half, 6-2, but the Bulldogs still outshot the Quakers 6-4. The Yale shot advantage increased in the second half, 10-5, but still the Bulldogs could not get one past Penn keeper Carly Sokach. Sokach also made four saves in the first overtime and two in the second, and freshman forward Rhoni Gericke hit the post with a shot in the first overtime. Sokach finished with 15 saves, getting help from back/midfielder Helene Caniglia in the form of a defensive save in the second half.

Yale junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier totaled six saves, and senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland added a defensive save -- her seventh defensive save in the last three games.

After the two scoreless 15-minute overtimes, a best-of-five shootout determined the winner. Neither team scored in the first two rounds, but Penn went ahead 1-0 in the third on a goal by attacker Elizabeth Hitti. Yale senior midfielder Emily Schuckert shot one in high to tie the score 1-1 in the fourth round.

In the decisive fifth round, attacker Julie Tahan put Penn ahead 2-1. Sokach then denied a shot by Holland, who had been awarded a penalty stroke after being tripped by Sokach on the initial attempt.

Yale (6-8, 2-3 Ivy League) visits Columbia next Friday.

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