Eagles Rain On EMU's Playoff Hopes

Juliana Ghally is third on the team with six goals this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Juliana Ghally is third on the team with six goals this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Host Bridgewater broke a tie late in the third to surge to a 4-1 finish, knocking the EMU field hockey women from the playoff hunt.

Eastern Mennonite falls to 1-6 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and is two losses out of the final spot in next week's six-team ODAC Tournament. The Royals (5-12 overall) finish the year at home Saturday night, hosting Shenandoah (13-3/6-1 ODAC) at 7:00pm. It will also be Senior Recognition and a Rowdy Royal Game.

Despite a night sogged by heavy rain, Bridgewater (5-12/3-4 ODAC) had a quick start to the game with Meghan Obaugh scoring just 18 seconds in.

Because of the rain, scoring chances were limited in the first half. EMU finally equalized in the third quarter. On a long restart after a BC yellow card in the 37th minute, Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) found freshman Juliana Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) for her fifth goal of the season, tying things at 1-1.

But in the 40th, Obaugh struck again for the Eagles, scoring after a corner.

The Royals had a great scoring opportunity two minutes later when they earned their own corner. Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) redirected a big shot from Troutman, but it slipped just wide of the cage. Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) put a shot on target in the 44th, but BC's goalie made the save.

Bridgewater put the game away quickly in the fourth, with Obaugh again doing the damage. She scored 49 seconds into the final frame, and then made it 4-1 in the 49th minute.

Eastern Mennonite fired three shots over the final seven-plus minutes, but couldn't dent the cage.

BC finished with a 15-7 advantage in shots and 6-3 in corners.

Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) made eight saves in the loss and Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County) added a defensive save.