Big Second Half Propels Royals Past Ferrum, 5-2

Casey Webb earned her first points of the season on Saturday. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Casey Webb earned her first points of the season on Saturday. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Royals dominated the second half at Ferrum, earning a 5-2 win in field hockey action on Saturday. It was the first ODAC win for the team since late in the 2016 season.

The win leaves EMU in control of their path to an ODAC Tournament berth. Although just 1-5 in the ODAC, the women play both teams ahead of them in the standings, and could clinch a spot with wins next week against Randolph-Macon (2-4 ODAC) and Roanoke (3-3 ODAC).

The Royals (7-9 overall) play a non-conference game at Sweet Briar Monday at 4:00pm, before hosting the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday.

Ferrum scored in the 11th minute to start out their Homecoming Saturday, but Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) stuck in a penalty stroke at the 18:29 mark, tying the score with her first career goal.

Less than two minutes later, Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) gave EMU the lead, taking an assist from Julie Burkhardt (Perkasie, Pa./PA Cyber), who was playing in her first game since Sept. 12. The Panthers hit the equalizer in the 30th minute, however, sending the game into halftime tied up at 2-2.

The final 35 minutes belonged to Eastern Mennonite.

Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season after a corner just two minutes into the half. Seven minutes later, the Royals struck again off a corner. Casey Webb (Hampton, Va./Bethel) inserted and got the pass back from Madeline Mast (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), sticking it in for her first collegiate score.

Another corner led to the third goal of the half in the 65th minute. This time Webb found Maret who closed the door on any thoughts of a Ferrum comeback by making it 5-2.

EMU controlled shots in the second half, 12-4, earning a 22-10 edge for the game. The women also made a habit of earning corners, holding a 15-3 advantage.

Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) made a pair of saves between the pipes.