October 04, 2013
Greyhounds beat SU with late strikeA rebound in front of the cage can be trouble for any field hockey team, and Moravian took full advantage in overtime on Saturday.
The Greyhounds pulled out a 2-1 overtime win over the Crusaders off of a ball in front of the cage that sophomore forward Kelly O'Donnell found on her stick and put away.
O'Donnell attempted a shot in the extra session that Crusaders' senior goalkeeper Margaret Ruth stopped, but O'Donnell stayed with her shot, finding the back of the cage with 2:17 gone in the extra session.
With the loss, the Crusaders started their Landmark slate with a difficult 0-1 record.
"To lose to Moravian [in the] first conference game of the year, it was certainly tough," Crusaders head coach Kaitlyn Wahila said. "To lose in overtime is always a bummer. That was definitely a tough game to swallow."
The Crusaders had chances to win the game in regulation with two penalty corners over the final seven minutes, but the Greyhounds were up to the late challenge.
Sophomore forward Taylor Secor started the scoring in the first half, scoring the lone goal for the Crusaders.
Secor entered the game in the 32nd minute off of the bench and wasted little time making an impact.
With a scrum in front of the net, Secor got her stick on the ball, beating Greyhounds senior goalkeeper Andrea Eck at the 33:08 mark, less than two minutes after she came onto the field.
"That was a huge goal," Wahila said. "It was great to see her score that."
The Crusaders' lead was short-lived, however, as the Greyhounds answered shortly before the half. Senior midfielder Chelsea Grotyohann toed the line for a penalty corner with 13 seconds left and later scored with zeroes on the clock to tie the game.
Quality chances were hard to come by in the second half for both teams, leading to an extra period.
Both teams attempted 12 shots in the game, but the telling difference was in overtime as the Crusaders did not attempt another shot or penalty corner after regulation ended.
William Paterson 2, Susquehanna 1
Senior midfielder Erica Reichart scored to tie the game at one in the second half against William Paterson, but the Crusaders fell by a goal Wednesday night.
William Paterson bounced back after allowing the tying goal, scoring what would be the game-winning score off of a penalty corner. A well-timed shot beat Ruth to give the Pioneers a one-goal lead.
The Crusaders had two chances in the final four minutes, with a shot from junior forward Brodie Ercole and penalty corner from Reichart both denied.
Pioneers senior forward Jacqui Giammetta gave her team an early lead off of an assist from senior midfielder Annalis Mitcho, who assisted on both of William Paterson's goals in the game.
Reichart led the way for the Crusaders offensively, with each of her four shots being on goal. The Crusaders held a slight 8-7 edge in penalty corners but were unable to cash in on their chances.
The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh victory of the season when they take the field against Drew on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at Sassafras Field.
SPORTS HEADLINESGreyhounds beat SU with late strike Semmel key to 5-3-1 start SU soccer takes loss in stride Crusaders rebound with shutout win Football looking for elusive first win