Field Hockey Women Fall In Back-And-Forth Contest

Emily Augsburger is one of five EMU women with two goals this season. She assisted team-leader Courtney Ray on her third. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Emily Augsburger is one of five EMU women with two goals this season. She assisted team-leader Courtney Ray on her third. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's field hockey women came up short in a game against Concordia (Wisc.) Sunday afternoon on a neutral field in Granville, Ohio. Eastern Mennonite scored first, but the Falcons came back to earn the first win in their program's history at 4-2.

The Royals slide to 3-4 after a pair of losses in Ohio over the weekend. Denison, which also hosted the game against Concordia, shut out EMU 5-0 on Friday.

With a week off, the women have some time to prepare for next Sunday's home game against Notre Dame (Md.). Start time in Harrisonburg is 1:00pm. EMU then jumps into ODAC play on Sept. 28.

Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) got the Royals rolling against Concordia, scoring in the sixth minute. She was assisted by Jessica Conner (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle). But the Falcons got the equalizer just over four minutes later before taking a 2-1 lead in the 19th minute.

EMU didn't wait long before striking back, as Augsburger assisted freshman Courtney Ray (Yorktown, Va./York) on her third goal of the season, locking the score up again at 2-2 in the 22nd minute.

The wild first half continued, as Concordia went back in front with a cager in the 27th minute. Their 3-2 lead stood into the intermission.

After the high-scoring first 35 minutes, the second period was a drastic change. The Falcons got an insurance goal in the 57th minute, but the teams combined for just five shot attempts in the frame after going for 14 in the first.

EMU had a slight 10-9 edge in shots in the loss, led by three each from Augsburger and Lorraine Armstrong (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim).

Goal keeper Michelle Danek (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) gave up the first three goals. Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) played the final 43:17 and made three saves with only one goal.