Wolverine Fall Short of Comeback in Home Opener

Wolverine Fall Short of Comeback in Home Opener

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Field Hockey team surged late in Wednesday night's home opener against Elizabethtown, but the squad could not complete a four-goal comeback as they fell 4-2 to the Blue Jays.

Lauren Niezgoda and Isabella Lucia each recorded a goal and an assist while Sidney Knott made eight saves in the first half. Bridget Wood and Makenzie McIntyre each made four saves splitting time in the second half for the Navy and White. 

The Wolverines had several scoring opportunities in the first stanza, outshooting the Blue Jays 7-4 in the first 20 minutes of play. It was the visitors who struck first though, making it 1-0 in the fourth minute of play. Charity Good finished off a rebound after Knott kicked away the first Elizabethtown attempt to put the visitors on the board.

In the second half, Wesley was outshot 21-4 but the Wolverines took advantage of their set plays, scoring both goals off of corners. Trailing 4-0 with under 15 minutes remaining, Niezgoda inserted a corner to Lucia at the top of the circle. The senior midfielder ripped a heater back to Niezgoda on the near post who popped the ball straight up to herself and batted it over her shoulder and past the keeper for Wesley's first score.

Nearly 5:30 later, the Wolverines struck gold on another set piece. Once again Niezgoda inserted the corner into Lucia, but instead of giving it back the midfielder ripped a bullet past the pads of the keeper and into the bottom of the goal for another score. 

Trailing 4-2 with under 10 minutes remaining, the Wolverines continued to press forward, but could not manage another scoring opportunity. The squad's comeback fell short in the end as the Blue Jays escaped with a 4-2 victory. 

The Wolverines fall to 0-2 on the season and will return to action with a two-game road trip beginning on Saturday at Roanoke. On Sunday the team will travel to Ferrum College for a rendezvous with the Panthers.