"It was a hard fought match between two good teams,” said Dartmouth head coach Theresa Romagnolo.
Scoreless throughout the opening first half, Penn scored the lone goal off a rebound in the 57th minute of play. Erin Mikolai started the scoring sequence with a shot from the edge of the box that was rebounded and put away by Megan York.
The Big Green outshot the Quakers, 10-6, in the contest, but York’s tally was the only shot that counted on the score sheet. Goalkeeping was important for both sides, especially in the second frame, as each keeper made three saves, respectively. Neither team was credited with a shot on target after the first 45 minutes.
“Unfortunately, senior Emma Brush wasn't able to finish the second-half, which impacted the momentum of the game,” commented Romagnolo.
The Quakers pushed the Big Green deep into their zone early in the second period. In the 53rd minute, Haley Cooper’s shot on target was pushed away by junior keeper Tatiana Saunders. Four minutes later, the Quakers capitalized with two shots towards goal, the latter crossed the line for the 1-0 lead.
Dartmouth (5-5-3, 2-2-0 Ivy) was not ready to concede and moved the ball into Penn's (9-1-3, 3-1-0 Ivy) defensive end for shots on goal by sophomores Corey Delaney in the 65th minute and Jill Dayneka in the 67th minute. The visitors had another opportunity at goal, as Freshman Hayley Snyder put a shot on Penn keeper Kalijah Terilli in the 79th minute.
The Big Green had two more chances late in the contest but shots by sophomore Jackie Friedman and a second by Dayneka missed the cage.
“We showed great perseverance after allowing the goal and had some great chances the last 20 minutes, but the bounces didn't go our way tonight. I give credit to their goalkeeper, I thought she had some huge saves and was the player of the game,” said Romagnolo.
The Green and White finished with a 6-2 edge in corner kicks, taking three in each half.
Dartmouth returns to Hanover to meet Ivy League member Brown in a non-conference game on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.