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Field hockey goes 1-for-3

Field hockey goes 1-for-3

Scots fall to Kenyon, DePauw; shut out Earlham

Ethan Flack

Sports Editor

The College of Wooster field hockey team went 1-2 in conference play over the past two weeks, dropping the Scots (7-9, 6-6 NCAC) into fourth place in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings.

Wooster faced off against Kenyon College on Oct. 11, falling to the Ladies (5-8, 5-4) 2-1. Kenyon opened the scoring 20 minutes into the game when Rachel Hall made her way through Wooster’s defense and found the back of the net on an unassisted goal.

The Scots quickly responded, as Clare Nelson-Johnson ’13 recorded her eighth goal of the season after receiving a pass from Brittany Braun ’13, knotting the score at one goal apiece.

The two rivals headed into the intermission tied, as the remaining part of the half saw little action. Then, just three minutes into the second-half, Kenyon scored what would be the final goal of the game.

The Ladies continued to exert offensive pressure and Kenyon registered 10 shots in the half, compared to Wooster’s two.

Limited offensive production hurt the Scots, with Kenyon outshooting Wooster 19-8 over the course of the game.

Looking to rebound from their loss, the Scots traveled to Earlham College. Wooster had beaten the Quakers (1-12, 0-10) earlier in the season and dominated this contest both offensively and defensively.

Wooster had no trouble creating scoring chances in this game, as it registered 16 shots on goal. While the Scots generated a huge number of scoring chances, finishing these chances proved a bit difficult.

However, Earlham’s Emma Treece turned in an outstanding performance and made 14 saves, stymieing the Scots’ offense on a number of occasions.

After a scoreless first-half, Nelson-Johnson struck two minutes after the intermission, giving Wooster a 1-0 lead. Laura German ’13 tacked on her third goal of the season, adding an insurance score fifteen minutes later.

While the Scots were clicking on the offensive side of the field, their defensive effort was just as impressive. Wooster prevented Earlham from recording any shots all game, with Madalyn Myers ’12 recording her second shutout of the year in goal.

After this convincing win, Wooster attempted to avenge an earlier loss to DePauw University. The Tigers (12-1, 9-0) are a new addition the NCAC this year and have gone unbeaten thus far.

DePauw wasted little time asserting itself, scoring two minutes into the match. The Tigers found the back of the net two more times in the half, heading into the intermission with a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Scots were unable to overcome this deficit and allowed a final goal five minutes into the second-half, eventually losing 4-0. Limited offensive production again hurt Wooster, which only had three shots in the game.

Myers started the game in goal, making four saves and allowing three goals before being relieved by Liz Plumley ’13, who made three saves while surrendering a single goal.

Wooster has two big games this week against Oberlin College (6-11, 3-10 NCAC) and Wittenberg University (9-7, 7-5 NCAC). as the team attempts to make the NCAC tournament.

 

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