WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey closed the 2018 Terrapin Invitational with a 1-0 loss to #12 Delaware on Sunday.
Delaware is the first of two recent national championship programs that highlight the Eagles' schedule this year after the Blue Hens won the NCAA title in 2016. AU will host 2017 Champion UConn for senior day on Oct. 28.
Both the Eagles and Blue Hens come out of the weekend with overall records of 3-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles fell to the final 1-0 deficit early in the first half after Delaware's Laurien Vink picked up the rebound after the first penalty corner of the game.
- The Blue Hens got off seven more shots in the first half but four saves from senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs kept Delaware at bay until halftime.
- The Eagles, who were still without a shot by halftime, were once again put on the defensive in the first few minutes with four consecutive shots from Delaware.
- AU responded with an offensive push of its own, gaining its first penalty corner of the game in the 43rd minute of play. Sophomore Noor Coenen blasted in the shot off the set play but was just off target as the ball sailed over the crossbar.
- The Blue Hens put up a frenzied attack throughout the next 10 minutes, earning five penalty corner opportunities and five shots. But two clutch saves from Jacobs and a key defensive save from Coenen kept the Blue Hens at the one-goal advantage.
- Sophomore Ella Arata nearly tied the game with AU's first shot on goal, but Delaware goalkeeper Lizzie Gaebel came away with her one and only save of the game.
- The Blue Hens held the advantage in shots, 18-3, and penalty corners, 7-2, while Jacobs led in goal with nine saves to nearly tie her season-best.
- Three players also earned green cards late in the second half: AU's Aidan Rossman and Jette Dieckmann, and Delaware's Femke Strien.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"I think we learned a great deal this weekend and were able to make changes and grow throughout the game today. Delaware is a great team and challenged us repeatedly, but we stood our ground and that made our coaching staff proud.
"We need to continue to focus on the details that lead to winning, and I am confident that we will."
The Eagles will return home next weekend to open Patriot League play against Boston University at noon on Sept. 15. For the latest on American University Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.