Oct. 30, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore forward Heather Smillie scored in her second straight game, but the Villanova field hockey team fell to Penn, 2-1, Wednesday afternoon.
Sunny Stirewalt gave the Quakers an early advantage just 1:45 into the game after she came down the left side of the circle and sent in a shot near the post.
Sophomore forward Kayla Kenney had a great chance just after the goal with an open net, but Quaker goalkeeper Carly Sokach found the ball before it went in.
Smillie earned her second goal in two games and tied the match after her shot bounced over Sokach, who was diving to make the save. Junior forward Lauren Wilson was credited with the assist.
The game remained tied going into halftime. Coming out of the break, the Quakers pushed more offensively in the second half, recording eight shots and six penalty corners.
With 10 minutes left in regulation play, Stirewalt scored her second goal off a loose ball in front. The Wildcats were unable to get the ball back in the zone and fell in their sixth straight game.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann made eight saves in the game. Penn led in shots, 13-4, and 8-1 in corners.
The Wildcats close out the season this weekend on the road against Georgetown and No. 19 Delaware.