Royals Fall To McDaniel In Wild Finish, 2-1

Juliana Ghally scored her first career goal. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Juliana Ghally scored her first career goal. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Despite holding a considerable 24-7 advantage in shots, the Eastern Mennonite University field hockey team suffered a 2-1 loss at home to McDaniel Wednesday afternoon.

The game was scoreless most of the way until a flurry at the end, with all three goals being scored over the final 5:16.

The Royals even out at 2-2 with the non-conference loss. They stay at home for a big day on Saturday, hosting Juniata College on Field Hockey Alumni Day. Alumni of the program will play a small-sided game at 12:30pm with the game against Juniata following at 3:00pm. All alumni present at the game will also be recognized at halftime, and a dinner follows at 5:00pm.

In Wednesday's game, lightning in the area delayed the start of play for hour and 15 minutes. Play on the field had a slow start as well, with no corners and just four shots over the opening quarter. The Royals stepped up in the second, including a trio of close-range shots after a corner in the 22nd minute, but they still headed into halftime in a scoreless tie.

EMU earned more corners after the intermission, but continued to be denied from the back of the cage. Finally in the 55th minute, the Green Terror earned their first corner. After a second corner a minute later, McDaniel became the first team to score when Madison Downey drove in a long ball with 5:16 to play.

The Royals made a quick counterattack and Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) nearly equalized before a McDaniel defender made a save in front of the cage.

The Green Terror pushed back with another corner, and worked in for an insurance goal from Emily Houska with just 3:04 remaining.  They would need the insurance.

With 2:26 to go, freshman Juliana Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) scored her first career goal, sticking back a rebound off a long ball from Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Va./Hempfield).

EMU had two more off target shots in the waning time, and then earned a corner as the clock expired. Hartzler ripped a shot from the left side for the women's last chance, but McDaniel's goalie made the save and the defense cleared the ball to preserve the decision.

The Royals held a 15-6 edge in shots on goal and 11-4 in corners.

Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) and Arianna Nixon (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) again split time in front of the cage. Ann Ghally earned one save, while Nixon made three but took the loss.