The field hockey women lost 3-0 at home today against the Virginia Wesleyan University Marlins. This was the conference opener for both teams.
Virginia Wesleyan began the game with offensive pressure creating scoring opportunities from early shots. In the 12th minute, the first goal was scored by Cori Jackson when she hit a one-timer from the top of the circle.
The Marlins would score again in the 20th and 22nd minutes of the game on goals from Catalina Jones and Elizabeth Roberto.
After the scoring, the Royals did not give up by playing tough defense to withhold Virginia Wesleyan from scoring the rest of the match while increasing their offense by taking more shots.
EMU had chances to score, most notably on a shot from Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) who had a one-on-one opportunity that was saved by the Marlin goalkeeper. Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) led the Royals with four shots, one of which were on goal.
Virginia Wesleyan outshot EMU 17-11 and 12-5 on goal. Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) had eight saves in goal for the Royals to increase her program record total.
The field hockey women play again on Wednesday with a 7:00pm match at conference opponent Washington and Lee.