Despite playing their second game in less than 30 hours, EMU's field hockey women had the legs in overtime to pull out a 3-2 win over Randolph-Macon Wednesday night at home. Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) slammed in the unselfish pass from Madeline Mast (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) to win it just 2:54 into extra time, giving the Royals their second straight ODAC victory.
Eastern Mennonite (7-9 / 2-5 ODAC) is now 2-0 in overtime games this year. Already with the most wins since 2011, the Royals end the season Saturday by hosting ODAC-leading Lynchburg (10-6 / 7-0 ODAC). Game time in Harrisonburg is 1:00pm.
Despite firing 17 shots in the first half, the Royals trailed 1-0 at halftime. Randolph-Macon goalie Kelsey Stanley made 10 saves over the first 35 minutes, and Riley Greenwood scored with 2:38 left for the margin.
Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) got the women rolling in the second, equalizing just 3:15 in with an assist from Lorraine Armstrong (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim). Ten minutes later, Price scored again with an assist from Mast to give EMU their first lead at 2-1.
The Yellow Jackets got their own equalizer in the 61st minute, with Lauren Petty finding the cage.
The Royals had a chance to end it before going to extra time, earning a pair of penalty corners as time expired, but both of their shots were blocked.
In the extra session, but R-MC had one offensive flare, but goalie Hannah Daley (Lothian, Md./Southern) stepped up to kick away a pass and the Royals went on the offensive. After earning a corner, Courtney Ray (Yorktown, Va./York) had a nice shot saved by Stanley, but EMU earned another corner out of the play.
Mast's initial insert on the second try went to Augsburger who got a good look, only to have Stanley make another save. This time the ball came out to the right side where Mast stood waiting. Stanley charged her, so Mast slid the ball to her left, where a waiting Augsburger pounced and pushed the ball past a diving R-MC defender for the game-winner.
The Royals had a decided 34-14 advantage in shots, including 21-7 on goal. Augsburger fired 11 of the shots while Price took 10.
Daley made four saves while Mast also had a defensive save.
Coach E.A. Jackson said it was nice to see the women harvest the fruits of their labor: