Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C., the Elizabethtown College field hockey team faced Catholic University of America for the first time since the Blue Jays defeated the Cardinals last season. This year Catholic scored twice in each half, beating Etown 4-2.
The first goal of the game was scored by Catholic player Grace Olson at the eight and a half minute mark. Kelly Cancelmo scored another goal for the Cardinals 15 minutes in, making the score 2-0 Catholic.
With three minutes left in the half, sophomore Olivia Beachley scored off a pass from senior Megan Eppley. Her fourth goal of the season put the Blue Jays on the scoreboard 32 minutes into the game.
Less than a minute before halftime, senior Emma Christman scored to keep the Blue Jays in the game. Beachley praised Christman’s penalty stroke that evened out the score. The match was tied 2-2 at the half thanks to Christman’s sixth goal of the season. Graduate student Charity Good was impressed with the comeback, citing it as a team effort.
The Cardinals regained the lead in the 57th minute with a goal from Katie Anderson’s goal.
Senior Rachel Day scored the final goal of the game just a minute later, ending the match at 4-2.
Even though the Blue Jays were defeated, “it was a good game overall for team growth,” Good said.
Beachley agreed and focused on the potential that the girls showed in Saturday’s game.
She feels they “proved to [themselves] that [they] have the potential to win another championship,” something fans would look forward to.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Blue Jays were on the road once again to take on Landmark Conference opponent Moravian College.
Eppley scored the first goal of the game 2:18 into the first half with a hard shot from the top of the circle into the right side of the goal. A minute later, Christman scored tapped the ball in off a rebound for another goal for the Blue Jays.
Etown had two more goals in the first half, one from Good and another from Christman, assisted by first-year Emily Garvin. All four goals occurred in the first 16:51.
The Greyhounds scored their only goal of the game halfway through the second half.
Already up by three, Christman answered the goal with less than a minute left in the game. With an assist from sophomore Madison Kubik, Christman tapped the ball in at the left post, making the score 5-1 with her third goal of the night.
After four games on the road, the team will be back home on Wolf Field Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. for another Landmark Conference game against Goucher College.