WASHINGTON - Another two-goal effort from freshman Noor Coenen was not quite enough to lift the No. 22 American University field hockey team past Penn on Sunday, as the Eagles fell to the Quakers in overtime, 3-2.
This is the first loss for AU since Sept. 8 when the team was outlasted by No. 9 Louisville, 2-1. The Eagles now sit at 7-3 overall (2-0 PL), while the Quakers now break even at 4-4 overall (1-0 Ivy).
Coenen was back at top of the scoresheet with the Eagles' only two goals of the day, bringing her up alongside senior Haley Bowcutt for a team-high seven goals so far this season. Senior Samantha McCormick tallied the only assist of the day.
Penn's Alexa Hoover also put away a pair of goals, including the game-winner, followed by one from Gina Guccione. Liz Mata had a game-high eight saves for the Quakers.
The Eagles were the first to get on the board after an early penalty corner from Bowcutt found McCormick, who weaved in a quick pass in front of the net to Coenen. Penn would gain a one-point edge by halftime, though, after a pair of quick goals from Alexa Hoover and Gina Guccione.
Coenen had another early look in the second half, controlling the rebound after a shot from junior Annaka Groschinski was blocked to tie the game back up at 2-2. The score would remain unchanged through the rest of regulation despite several close calls from AU, including four penalty corner opportunities.
Penn's Alexa Hoover found the net once again during the first overtime period as she hit the golden goal less than two minutes into the period.
The Eagles will be back home next weekend for their final double-header of the season as they face PL foe Holy Cross at noon on Saturday followed by a nonconference matchup against Longwood at 1 p.m. on Sunday. For the latest on AU Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.