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Penn Edges Yale 1-0

Marissa Medici. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marissa Medici. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA – It was a game that featured two of the top goal scorers in Ivy League field hockey, but the final score did not reflect that fact. With Yale senior/forward Carol Middough (the Ivy League leader in goals entering the weekend) and Penn forward Alexa Hoover (tied for sixth) both held scoreless, Friday afternoon's game at Vagelos Field was ultimately determined by the first goal of the season from Quaker forward Sofia Palacios. That spoiled a five-save effort from Yale goalkeeper Sydney Terroso, who suffered the tough-luck loss.

Every loss in league play so far for Yale (7-6, 1-4 Ivy League) has been by one goal. On Friday, the Bulldogs fell behind at 23:58 on Palacios' goal, but had plenty of chances for the equalizer. They wound up outshooting Penn (7-6, 3-2 Ivy League) 10-9, and had seven penalty corners compared to just three for the Quakers. That included a pair in a span of less than a minute with 20 minutes to play, but Middough had one shot blocked and the next one stopped by Quakers goalie Ava Rosati. Rosati then followed that up by getting enough of a shot by sophomore forward/midfielder Camille Scheyer to send the ball just high.

Yale had the ball deep in Penn territory in the closing seconds, but could not get into the circle for one more scoring chance. Rosati, the younger sister of Bulldog alum Mia Rosati '12, finished with six saves.

"We just could not get anything going on attack," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Penn played aggressively, and we hurt ourselves by holding on to the ball too long. Nothing gelled for us offensively."

Yale returns to action Sunday at No. 23 UMass.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity