EMU's field hockey team continues to be just on the verge of a breakout, yet coming up short, as they dropped a 3-1 ODAC decision at Bridgewater College Tuesday night. Despite being out-shot, the Royals minimized the damage with strong defensive play before the loss knocked them to 3-8 overall and 0-5 in the ODAC.
Eastern Mennonite is back in Harrisonburg for their next three games, before wrapping up the season with a three-game road trip. That stretch starts Saturday afternoon against Roanoke College in a game that will also be Senior Recognition as well as a Centennial Homecoming game. Start time on the EMU Turf Field will be 1:00pm.
BC (5-8 / 2-2 ODAC) dominated the first half on Tuesday, putting in goals in the 14th and 17th minutes to take a 2-0 edge into the break.
The Royals came out strong after the break earning a quick corner and nearly scoring. Madeline Mast (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) put a shot past the Eagle's goalie but a defensive save kept the ball out of the cage. Mikayla Martin (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) fired a shot on target three minutes later, but another save stopped it.
Bridgewater got back on the offensive end, bumping the score to 3-0 in 44th minute.
But EMU's women did not stop. Finally, in the 60th minute they broke through. Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) fired a long attempt, and freshman Bri Miller (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) adeptly tipped it in for her first career goal.
That would be it for the scoring, however, as Bridgewater held on for the decision.
The Eagles controlled shots, 29-5, including 20-5 on goal. Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) set a new season high for saves, making 17 stops. EMU's goalie now has double-digit saves in each of the past eight games. Troyer easily leads the ODAC with 110 saves this season.