WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team dropped its first game in just under a month on Sunday, falling in a hard-fought battle to No. 25 Old Dominion, 1-0.
The Eagles will continue Patriot League play with a 7-5 overall record (3-1 Patriot League) while the Monarchs rise to 9-5 on the season (2-3 Big East).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- AU had a number of good looks at the ODU goal throughout the opening minutes, including a pair of penalty corner opportunities and a flurry of shots midway through the first half. But the Eagles were unable to break through the tight ODU defense, with only one of the five shots during the half making it to the Monarch's goalkeeper.
- The Eagles' back line, made up of freshman Maura Phelan, and seniors Rachel Stefano and Annaka Groschinski also put up a strong defense, though, breaking up a number of dangerous ODU runs to hold the two teams at a stalemate until the final minutes of the first half. Among those plays was a clutch defensive save for Phelan after an ODU penalty corner attempt.
- A late first-half goal from ODU forward Erin Huffman proved to be the fatal blow after she put away the rebound when her first shot was saved by AU senior goalkeeper, Maura Jacobs.
- Although the Eagles' offense held the edge in the second half, leading the Monarchs in shots, 5-1, and penalty corners, 3-1, they were unable to pick up the equalizer before the final whistle.
- American closed with a 10-6 advantage over ODU in shots, 5-2 in penalty corners, while the Monarchs led in shots on goal, 5-3.
- Jacobs picked up three saves to bring her career total up to 192 with four games remaining in the regular season.
- Groschinski led the team with three shots followed by two from both senior Rafaela Rubas and sophomore Noor Coenen. Groschinski and freshmen Georgia Davies and Aidan Rossman put up the Eagles' only three shots on goal.
The Eagles will take one final regular season road-trip next weekend as they travel to Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 20, for a noon start, followed by a 2 p.m. game at Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 21.
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