DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Field Hockey team earned a pivotal victory on Sunday afternoon, downing Capital Athletic Conference rival Frostburg State University 1-0.
Makenzie McIntyre earned her first collegiate shutout, making seven saves to keep the Bobcats off the board. Morgan Seymour added to her conference-best defensive saves tally, recording her 13th of the year. Allison Perugini provided the lone goal in the game, coming off an assist from Taylor Timmons.
The Wolverines back line played outstanding, holding the Bobcat offense and helping to control the pace of play as Wesley withstood 13 shots, including eight on goal. In the first half, Frostburg's best chance came at the 8:00 mark. The Bobcats rattled off three consecutive shots on goal with McIntyre kicking away the first two. The rebound went to a Bobcat attacker who chipped the goalie, but Seymour was there on the doorstep to swat the ball out of the air and save the Wolverines from going a goal down. The two teams played to an even 0-0 draw in the first period.
In the second half, the turning point came off of a Frostburg miscue that the Wolverines capitalized on. The Bobcats inserted a penalty corner to the top of the arc, but the ball squeaked past the attackers in waiting and all the way to midfield where Lauren Niezgoda collected it and sent Morgan Gannon ahead to lead a three-on-one break. Gannon drew the lone defender and played it wide to Taylor Timmons on the right side who deked the charging goalkeeper and drove the ball in front to Allison Perugini who slammed it home for the game's lone tally. The Wolverines held off the Bobcats' charge over the final 25 minutes of play to hang onto the 1-0 victory.
Wesley moves to 3-11 on the season and evens their record at 1-1 in conference play. The squad will travel to Shenandoah on Oct. 11 for their next contest.