Field Hockey Prevails in Little Three Bout
This past Saturday, Sept. 24, the Cardinals traveled to Williamstown, Mass. to face off against a Little Three rival, the Ephs of Williams College, coming away with a 3-0 shutout.
Mackey Hemphill ’15 received a pass from Taryn Murray ’13 in the 21st minute and ignited the Cardinals with a goal, her first of the season and the eventual game-winner. Just eight minutes later, Murray responded with a goal of her own, with an assist from Averill Roberto ’13. Heading into halftime the Cardinals rested comfortably on a 2-0 edge over Williams.
In the second half, the Cardinals dominated time-of-possession, and the Ephs were only able to take three shots on goaltender Tori Redding ’13. Hannah Plappert ’16 scored the third and final goal with 4:27 left to play in the contest, securing a 3-0 Wesleyan victory. Meanwhile, Redding notched her second consecutive shutout of the year and stifled the Ephs with seven saves.
Wesleyan was able to connect offensively in a way that the Ephs could not. In addition to holding a 12-8 shot advantage and a 6-4 penalty corner advantage, the depth of the Cards attack was evident in the fact that their three goals came from three different players, two of whom were substitutes. Hopefully, this attribute will help to keep them in the running for a Little Three title and for postseason play.
The Cardinals now hold an overall record of 2-3 and a NESCAC record of 2-2. The players return to Smith Field on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to face Mount Holyoke College. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Cardinals are back in NESCAC competition as they host the Panthers of Middlebury College.