DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Field Hockey team made a touching gesture when each student-athlete honored one of their field hockey mentors in the pre-game ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Drass Field. The celebration was cut short however, as Wesley fell 2-0 to Juniata.
The Wolverines attempted four shots, managing only two efforts on goal. Sidney Knott made 11 saves as she faced constant pressure from the Eagles' offense. Morgan Seymour backed up the freshman goalkeeper with three defensive saves as well.
In the first half, the game was played mostly in the Wolverines defensive half, but Knott and the Wolverine defense did well to keep the Eagles off the board. It wasn't until the 12th minute that Juniata cracked the scoreboard. Sarah Alexander pulled a loose ball to the left corner of the shooting arc and fired a bad-angle shot that found its way into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Wesley had their best first half scoring opportunity moments later when the Wolverine offense earned a penalty corner. Lauren Niezgoda inserted the corner to Isabella Lucia at the top of the shooting arc. The senior collected the ball and ripped a blistering shot goalward, but was denied with a kick save.
In the second half, Wesley nearly tied the score again. The Wolverines provided consistent offensive pressure and earned a series of three penalty corners. The offensive flurry culminated with a ripped long ball in from Lucia that found Allison Perugini's stick and deflected up and over the goalkeeper's pads. The shot looked destined for the net but was batted out of the air by a Juniata defender at the last moment to keep Wesley scoreless. The Eagles mounted a counter-attack and scored in the 59th minute to make it 2-0 and curtail Wesley's ambitions of tying the contest.
The Wolverines move to 1-8 on the season and will travel to Rowan University on Wednesday, Spet. 28 for the first of two straight games on the road.