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Field hockey loses opener

Rhodes College shuts out the Fighting Scots in Danville, Ky.

Ethan Flack

Sports Editor

9.9.11

On a hot Saturday afternoon, The College of Wooster field hockey team began their season. In the muggy weather, the Scots (0-1) started slow and couldn’t recover, dropping their opener 4-0 to the Rhodes College Lynx.

Rhodes (2-0) raced out to a quick lead and never looked back, registering all four of their goals in the first half. The Lynx found the back of the net early in the contest, scoring just eight minutes after the opening whistle. Two minutes later, Rhodes once again applied pressure, as Kat Simpson found the net, putting Wooster at a significant deficit.

In goal, Madalyn Myers ’12 recorded her first start since the fall of 2009 and registered six saves. Liz Plumely ’13 replaced Myers in the second half and pitched a shutout as she attempted to keep the score close.

Although the Scots were kept off the scoreboard, their play improved in the second half. After being outshot in the first half, Wooster was able to increase their offensive production, recording seven shots in the second half. The Lynx played two goalkeepers, each of whom stood tall, as they recorded Rhodes’ first shutout of the year.

For the Scots, this was a disappointing loss, however, this defeat must be put into perspective. In the 2010 season, Wooster lost their first two games, before rallying to go 16-6 and earn a NCAA tournament birth.

The Scots began play against Centre College on Sunday only to have the game called off due to poor weather conditions. Wooster tried to shake off their loss on Wednseday as they took on Washington and Jefferson College at home, before opening their North Coast Athletic Conference slate against the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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