The EMU field hockey women opened the final stretch of their season with a tough loss at Virginia Wesleyan, dropping a 2-0 decision Thursday afternoon.
The Royals fall to 5-10 overall, but more importantly 1-4 in the ODAC. They host Roanoke (9-7/2-4 ODAC) this Saturday at 2:00pm in Harrisonburg, and likely need a win to keep in the hunt for a spot in the six-team ODAC Tournament.
In the early goings against the Marlins (5-10/2-3 ODAC), scoring chances were scarce. Eastern Mennonite's women had one of their best opportunities in the closing seconds of the first quarter when they earned a corner. Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) had a big swing blocked and Bri Miller (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) attempted a shot at the end, but it skirted wide.
The teams took fewer shots in the second, but they were better quality. Virginia Wesleyan cracked the scoreboard on goal from Julie Fassl after a corner in the 22nd minute. She scored again six minutes later, for a sudden two-goal margin.
Freshman Juliana Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) came close to halving the deficit in the final minute, but VWU's goalie made the save.
The teams spent most of the second half with the ball mired in the midfield. EMU had a lone shot by Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) in the 54th minute, but couldn't muster a score.
Virginia Wesleyan ended with a 16-4 advantage in shot attempts.
Goalie Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) made five saves in the loss. Troutman increased her nation-leading total by making a pair of defensive saves. She now has 14 on the season.