DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College field hockey team set the tone of their upcoming season with a 3-0 shutout victory over Immaculata University in their debut on Tuesday night at Drass Field.
Kayla Fromal was called upon to make eight saves, all of them coming in the second half, and earned the win in net with a clean sheet. Sarah Pesternak got the start for Immaculata allowing two goals with 13 saves but took the loss. Christine McIntyre made 12 saves in the second half and allowed one goal.
The Wolverines took control of the game early, scoring back-to-back goals in the 15th and 17th minutes. Allison Perugini started the scoring, finishing off a pass from Meghan Groom. Groom dished the ball in from the left side and Perugini pivoted and ripped a shot that found the back of the net to put the squad ahead.
Just 91 seconds later, Summer Gannon scored her first career goal to make it 2-0. Groom ripped the ball in again from the left, but this time an Immaculata defender stepped in to pop the ball up. Kelsey Fromal batted the ball out of the air toward the goal mouth and Gannon was there to clean up and score from the doorstep.
In the second half, the Mighty Macs did their best to even the score, challenging the Wesley defense with aggressive buildups and pressure from the forwards. The Wolverines dealt with the increased intensity and their senior goaltender turned away every attempt, including several from point blank range.
With less than three minutes remaining and their momentum beginning to waver, the Wolverines lined up for a penalty corner. Meghan Groom inserted the ball to Morgan Seymour at the top of the arc. Seymour collected the ball and scooped it high into the air over the Immaculata goaltender, dropping it right in the bottom of the net for a beautiful goal that sealed the Wesley win. The tally made it 3-0 with 2:11 to play and quashed any hope for a Mighty Macs comeback.
Wesley begins their season with a 1-0 record for the second consecutive season and will travel to Dallas, Pa. on Friday, Sept. 4 to take on Misericordia as part of the Misericordia Invitational.