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Bethany Field Hockey Debuts with 7-2 Loss at Oberlin
Sept. 1 - OBERLIN, Ohio –The Bethany College field hockey team debuted as the school’s 22nd varsity program Saturday at Oberlin and despite trailing by only one at halftime, could not score again in suffering a 7-2 loss.
Oberlin would notch the first two goals of the game, with both coming off scrums in front of the goal. The Bison’s first goal came with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Freshman Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) took the ball down the right side, pulled up and fired a shot into the cage for the first varsity field hockey goal by a Bethany Bison since 1989.
A few minutes later, another scrum in the front of the goal resulted in a third Oberlin goal and a 3-1 lead for the home team. Just as the first half ended, Bethany scored again to make it a 3-2 game at the break. Freshman Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) took a penalty corner and Solomon, off a feed from freshman Courtney Snyder (Bristol, Pa.), scored with no time on the clock for a one-goal spread at intermission.
The slim deficit was even more impressive in that Bethany scored on their only two shots of the half. Bison freshman goalie Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) kept it close by making eight saves in the opening half.
The Bison’s fortunes took a turn for the worse in the second half, as the Yeowomen pulled away with two straight goals off penalty corners, including the first coming less than five minutes into the second half. Oberlin would cap the scoring with two more goals in the final 10 minutes of the game for the final 7-2 margin.
The Bison were held without a shot in the second half. Despite the damage done by the Yeowomen, Harrison made 10 more stops in the second half and finished with 18 for day.
Bethany will have little time to regroup from the opener, as the Green and White is back on the field Sunday with a road game at Ohio Wesleyan at 1 p.m.