WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team (1-0) opened the 2019 season with a solid team effort at home, picking up a 4-2 victory over New Hampshire (0-1). The Eagles will make a quick turnaround this weekend as they are set to return to Jacobs Complex on Sunday (Sept. 1) for a 1 p.m. start against Richmond.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Four Eagles contributed to the scoresheet, including Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, junior Noor Coenen. Sophomore Hannah Moser, junior Gaby de Kock, and senior Jette Dieckmann also added their first goals of the season for AU while sophomore Atina Pagani pitched in the lone assist for the day.
- New Hampshire was led by a pair of goals from Finn Caron, along with assists from Isabelle Danahy and Jaiden Wittel.
- Freshman Fiona Minter got her first career start in goal and walked away with a big save in the second quarter.
- New Hampshire keeper Rachel Simkevich earned four saves in her 60 minutes of play.
- Although the Eagles maintained control for much of the first half, it was a slow start on the goal-scoring front as it took until the final seconds of the first half for AU to pick up a 1-0 advantage.
- Coenen was the first to find the back of the net, slamming home a long shot from the top of the circle after a penalty corner insertion from de Kock.
- The Eagles picked up a quick pair of goals midway through the third quarter, starting with another long shot from Moser at the 36:92 mark.
- De Kock added her first career goal less than two minutes later, knocking in a rebound after a shot from Coenen was saved by the New Hampshire goalkeeper.
- The Wildcats responded with a transition goal at the 41:29 mark, as Caron took a long pass from Danahy through the defensive line and capitalized on the one v. one against Minter.
- Dieckmann opened the fourth quarter with the fourth and final AU goal, putting away her only shot of the day after a nice pass in front of goal from Pagani.
- New Hampshire had the final say of the afternoon as Caron knocked in the deflection at the 51:19 mark.
- American continued to put pressure on New Hampshire's backline throughout the final 10 minutes, earning its fifth penalty corner of the game, but the shot from freshman Charllene Boshoff sailed high of goal and the Eagles closed with the final 4-2 advantage.
American will be back at Jacobs Complex at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Richmond before hitting the road for a four-game stretch.
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