Royals Take Care Of Sweet Briar

Freshman Cassie Sumpolec scored her first career goal. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Freshman Cassie Sumpolec scored her first career goal. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU field hockey women had an offensive outburst in their 5-0 win over Sweet Briar on Tuesday. The Royals improve to 4-5 with the victory with just one more non-conference game before getting into conference play.

The scoring started in just the 3rd minute of the game when Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) took a pass across from Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) and sent in a line drive to the back of the cage. Bri Miller (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) added a second goal at the 13:28 mark to give EMU a 2-0 lead at the first quarter break.

In the 29th minute, freshman Cassie Sumpolec (Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg Christian) scored her first career goal giving Hartzler her second assist as the women took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

Both second half goals were scored in the third quarter by Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield). At the 41:59 mark she tipped in a rebounded shot from Hartzler for her third assist. Then with 2 seconds left in the third quarter, Hedgepeth worked her way to the front of the goal mouth and tipped-in a rebounded ball that came from her initial shot attempt.

Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) started in goal for the Royals to earn the win and improve her record to 4-3 while Arianna Nixon (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) had 2 saves in goal entering in the second half.

The next game for the Royals is on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they travel to play Wesley at 5:00pm.