Field Hockey Captures 3-2 Double Overtime Victory at Penn to Extend Win Streak to Four Games

Field Hockey Captures 3-2 Double Overtime Victory at Penn to Extend Win Streak to Four Games

Marissa Balleza scored the game-winner in the 88th minute Sunday (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Harvard field hockey (6-4, 2-0 Ivy) extended its win streak to four games and improved to 2-0 in the Ivy League, winning a double-overtime thriller at Penn (6-3, 1-1 Ivy) Sunday afternoon, 3-2.

The win is the third in extra time this year for the Crimson. Harvard also joins No. 11 Princeton and Brown as the only three unbeaten teams in Ivy League play at 2-0. The Bears are the next opponent for the Crimson, with the teams meeting in Providence next Saturday.

Harvard took a 2-0 lead in the first half Sunday against Penn, but the Quakers used two second half goals from Alexa Hoover to force overtime. It took until the 88th minute to break the tie when senior Marissa Balleza converted on a penalty corner from straight on to send the Crimson home with the victory.

That goal was the second of the game for Balleza who scored Harvard's second goal in the 34th minute, firing a shot towards the cage that deflected off the Penn keeper and across the goal line. Balleza continues to near the top of the Harvard record book for points in a career. Her two goals Sunday give her 16 points this year and 96 in her career, six shy of tying the Crimson record.

Harvard's first goal of the game was the first of the season for Sophie van Weede, coming in the 25th minute. Once again off a penalty corner, van Weede placed a shot inside the left post, with Kyla Cordrey and Ellie Cookson earning the assists.

Hoover's goals for the Quakers came in the 45th and 63rd minutes, both unassisted.

Crimson goalkeeper Libby Manela improved to 4-0, starting each game during the four-game win streak. The sophomore made four saves Sunday.