WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team suffered its first loss of the 2018 season on Sunday after a tough battle against Saint Joseph's, 2-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles' offense took control of the momentum early in the game, but it was SJU that got on the board first with a goal from Emily Peters in the 16th minute.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas tied the game at 1-1 after the team's fifth penalty corner of the game.
- The two teams remained at a stalemate through the remainder of the half with only SJU getting off one shot in the final 10 minutes.
- The Hawks regained the edge early in the second half with a goal from Tonya Botherway.
- The Eagles had a few more looks with two penalty corners and a shot from Rubas, but were unable to capitalize and closed the game with the 2-1 loss.
- AU led in penalty corners, 7-5, but drew even with the Hawks in shots at 9-9.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs collected three saves while SJU's Victoria Kammerinke picked up four.
- AU will be on the road for a four-game stretch over the next couple of weeks with games against James Madison (Aug. 31), VCU (Sept. 2), Harvard (Sept. 8) and Delaware (Sept. 9).
- The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the Patriot League opener against Boston University.
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