Oct. 24, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (6-12) fell short to crosstown foes Penn (8-7) 3-2 Wednesday night under the lights of Villanova Stadium. The two teams kept it close for most of the game, but Penn's two second period scores were enough to give them the one goal edge over the Wildcats. Leah High (Green Lane, Pa.) and Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Twp., Pa.) each notched a goal in the loss.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first in the 18th minute when Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa.) passed a ball from the top of the circle to Leah High to take the 1-0 lead. Kenney now leads the team in assists with six and High's goal is her eight and also a team-best.
Penn struck back two minutes later on a corner play as Amelia Cohen tied up the game at 1-1. The Philadelphia rivals would remain tied through the end of the first half.
Nine minutes into the second half, Elizabeth Hitti gave the Quakers the 2-1 lead when she blasted a shot past goaltender Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.). After a back-and-forth battle in the midfield, Penn found another opening on a corner play chance as Helen Caniglia's insert found Sunny Stirewalt who shot the ball to the back of the cage.
Villanova gained some energy with less than five minutes to go and utilized their own corner play opportunity as Jessica Swoboda shot a hard ball past Penn goaltender Carly Sokach, keeping the Wildcats in reach as the score stood 3-2. Swoboda now how five goals on the season and she was assisted by Amy Jackson (Columbia, Pa.) and Leah High. The sophomore forward also tallied a goal last season against the Quakers.
The Wildcats' last chance efforts came up short as Penn would take the crosstown win 3-2 when the final whistle blew.
Villanova outshot Penn 21-9 and had a 10-9 corner play advantage over two periods.
Goalkeeper Alex Diekmann ended the game with two saves, while Quaker goaltender Carly Sokach notched five.
The Wildcats will play their last game of the regular season at Villanova Stadium against BIG EAST opponents Georgetown. The final home contest of the season will also celebrate five graduating seniors.