DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College field hockey team drew within a goal in the second half, but were held scoreless through the final 30 minutes of play as Christopher Newport earned the 5-1 win in both teams' Capital Athletic Conference opener.
Kayla Fromal finished with 18 saves but took the loss in net for the Wolverines. Bailey Lien earned the win in goal for CNU, allowing one goal and making two saves in nearly 60 minutes of action. Stephanie McKinney played the final 10 minutes in net without seeing a shot on goal.
Wesley only recorded one shot on goal in the first half, coming off of a penalty corner. The best chance the team had to score came on a breakaway opportunity. Isabella Lucia sent the ball up the middle of the field to Allison Perugini, who slipped behind the CNU defenders to collect the pass. The junior nearly had a breakaway but was chased down by a defender and denied a shot on the play.
Christopher Newport scored a pair of goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Lauren Cheatham knocked home a rebound in the 18th minute and Alex Weaver cleaned up a scrum in front two minutes later to give the Captains a 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, the Gannon sisters gave the Wolverines some life on the offensive end. On a penalty corner, Morgan Gannon inserted the ball to Lauren Niezgoda, who fed it back to her. Gannon slipped the ball across the face of the goal to her sister Summer Gannon waiting on the back post. The younger Gannon one-timed the ball into the back of the net for the score, cutting the lead to 2-1 with over 30 minutes to play. The score marked the first time the two sisters had connected for a goal.
The rest of the second half was controlled by the Captains. The visiting team outshot the Wolverines 20-5 in the frame and scored three unanswered goals to cap the contest, giving CNU a 5-1 victory.
Wesley falls to 1-4 on the season and opens their CAC schedule with an 0-1 mark. The team will return to action on Sept. 15 when they travel to Stockton. Wesley will not play another CAC contest until Oct. 10.