Saturday, Oct. 15 was marked by a victory for the Elizabethtown College field hockey team, who won their game against Goucher College. The team currently holds a five-game winning streak.
Etown entered the game with an 8-4 season and a four-game winning streak. Goucher was sporting a 7-6 season and was eager for another victory.
The 2-0 win was made possible first by senior occupational therapy major Charity Good with an assist from junior biology and Spanish double major Megan Eppley. Junior occupational therapy major Emma Christman then made the second goal, which sealed Etown’s victory against Goucher.
“We’ve been practicing on our corners,” Good said, “mixing it up and trying out different ones.” She credits her goal on Saturday to their recent practice strategy.
In the second half, the game intensified as Etown attempted 11 shots on Goucher. With minutes left in the game, Christman made a key shot and scored a goal.
Etown’s offense overwhelmed the opposing defense, generating 15 shots total, 12 of which were on goal. Their defense was equally effective, only allowing Goucher to get off three shots during the entire game. Despite her team being outplayed on both sides of the field, Goucher goalie Liz Zengel kept her team within striking distance with 10 saves.
Good has been an integral player since her first year at the College. This season alone she’s scored seven goals.
“We’ve been practicing a lot of fundamentals in practice,” Good said. “We still need to continue to work on those things, but those skills helped us prepare for the game.”
Christman demonstrated on Saturday her consistency and skill as a player. As in her first year and sophomore year, she began the game with seven goals for the season. Her goal in the second half gave her eight for the season, and Christman said she aims to score more goals this year.
Part of Etown’s success came from their goalie, sophomore biology major Hannah Mack. Mack blocked every shot on goal by Goucher and stayed focused throughout the game.
Overall, the team was playing well according to Good. “Our goalies had some really nice saves,” she said. “It takes a whole team to win the game, and everyone did their part on Saturday.”
The victory on Saturday is a good lead up to the upcoming games with Catholic University and Susquehanna University. As the last two weeks of the season round out, Etown will face these two well-equipped competitors with 4-1 win streaks apiece. Their victory on Saturday is a good omen for their performance next weekend.
The Blue Jays play Susquehanna on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. This will also be Senior Day for the Etown team.