WASHINGTON - Sophomore Noor Coenen proved to be the difference-maker for the American University field hockey team on Saturday, as she hit the game-winner in the final minutes of overtime against Patriot League rival Bucknell. The Eagles now rise to a 6-4 overall record, 3-1 in the Patriot League, while the Bison suffered their first loss of the conference schedule and fall to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It was a tight battle from start to finish for both sides, as neither team was able to break the 0-0 stalemate until the 8th minute of extra time.
- The Eagles controlled the tempo for the majority of the game, though, leading Bucknell in both shots, 14-11, and corners, 11-4. But Bison goalkeeper Olivia Harris held off the AU offense, picking up 11 saves on the day.
- The Eagles took control of the momentum early on, picking up two penalty corners and tallying three shots on goal within the first five minutes of play.
- It wasn't until the 8th minute that Bucknell was faced with its first scoring opportunity, but the shot from Nicole Rupnik was saved by senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs.
- By the break, the Eagles barely trailed Bucknell in shots, 6-5, but held a 2-1 advantage in penalty corners.
- American continued to lay on the pressure in the second half, putting up six shots and drawing seven penalty corners while the Bison saw only four shots and three corners. All three of those Bucknell corners and two of the four shots came during a final push with less than five minutes left in regulation. But the Eagles' defensive line was able to hold off the Bison's surge, forcing the game into extra time.
- Once again, it was all AU in overtime, as the Eagles put up two penalty corners and two shots before Coenen finally hit the game-winner. The Naarden, Netherlands, native collected her own rebound after a penalty corner insertion from senior Rafaela Rubas to earn her sixth goal of the season.
- Coenen closed with a game-high five shots, followed closely by four from Rubas.
- Jacobs walked away with four saves to bring her career total up to 187.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"A huge win for us on the road against a very disciplined and well coached Bucknell team. I loved how we competed and pushed the tempo for most of the match today. In the end, our resilience was the key and something we will look to build on next weekend."
The Eagles will return home for a pair of nonconference games next weekend against Towson (Friday, Oct. 12) and Old Dominion (Sunday, Oct.14).
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