WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team opened the 2018 Patriot League schedule with a tight battle at home against No. 21 Boston University, but fell in a 2-1 overtime decision to the Terriers.
The Eagles, who were ranked second in the Patriot League preseason poll, now fall to 3-4 overall (0-1 PL) for the season while the Terriers, first in the preseason poll, rise to 5-2 overall (1-0 PL).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BU's Miya Denison was the first to get on the board at the 15-minute mark, taking a redirect from Ally Hammel after the first penalty corner of the game to bring the Terriers up 1-0.
- The Eagles got in two shots before the close of the half but were unable to claim the equalizer before the buzzer and went into the break with a one-goal deficit.
- AU controlled the momentum throughout the second half, earning six penalty corners and putting up three shots against BU goalkeeper Kathleen Keegan.
- It wasn't until the final five minutes, though, that the Eagles were able to draw even with the Terriers when junior Jette Dieckmann took a redirect from senior Annaka Groschinski after an AU penalty corner in the 67th minute. That goal was the second of the season for Dieckmann while Groschinski continues to build on her career-high with five assists so far this year.
- Neither team was able to gain the advantage in the final minutes of regulation, pushing the Eagles into their second overtime decision of the season.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen had the first opportunity of the overtime period with a shot from just inside the circle, but a Terrier defender was able to get a stick in front of it for the block.
- BU's Petra Hall earned the game-winning goal after a run from Casey Thompson put the Terriers at an advantage against AU's defensive line.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs earned three saves on the day along with BU keeper Kathleen Keegan.
- The two teams were even with seven shots each but the Eagles led the Terriers in penalty corners, 8-2.
- The Eagles will continue Patriot League play next weekend with a trip to Holy Cross on for a noon game on Saturday, Sept. 22.
- American will return home on Saturday, Sept. 29, for an 11 a.m. start against Lehigh.
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