Penn Overtakes Harvard in Second Half

Kimmel scored her second goal of the season (photo courtesy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Penn scored four times in the second half to come from behind to defeat the Harvard field hockey team, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field in the Crimson's Ivy League home opener.

Sophomore Allie Kimmel scored for the Crimson (3-3, 0-2 Ivy League), which held a one-goal edge at halftime and outshot the Quakers, 14-11, for the game. Harvard also held a 4-3 advantage in penalty corners, but Penn got two goals from Sarah Hasson and seven saves from Kieran Sweeney.

The Crimson owned the game's opening minutes, but Sweeney made two saves on Harvard sophomore Carly Dickson. The Quakers had their best chances of the half on three straight corners about 10 minutes before the break. Tassopoulos made a pair of saves, allowing Harvard to take the lead on Kimmel's goal at 27:08. She banged the ball in from the left post after freshman Emma Keller sent it her way from the top of the circle.

Penn snatched the lead with two Sarah Hasson goals in less than a minute on the first two shots of the second half. Hasson first finished off a left-to-right pass across the front of the goal by Annie Matthews and then buried a shot inside the right post. Harvard battled back right away, but Sweeney made five second-half saves and Penn got another quick pair of goals from Kelsey Tahan and Laurel McGarvie to seal the win.