Oct. 20 -BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College field hockey team posted its second-highest shot total of the year and sophomore Kadie Kelly (Royal Oak, Md./St. Michael’s) scored her first goal of the season, but the Bison would fall to visiting Earlham (Ind.) College 6-1 in the final home game of the campaign.
The Quakers struck early and often against the Bison, putting their first goal into the net at the 6:59 mark. Earlham scored again 58 seconds later and added a third strike in the 16th minute. At that time, the visitors had a 7-1 advantage in shots, but the Bison controlled possession for much of the remainder of the period.
Bethany outshot the Quakers 7-4 over the final 19 minutes of the half and posted the lone score in that time. With just under 10 minutes to go before halftime, freshman Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) sent in a cross that found Kelly (right) by the left post. She knocked it in for her initial score of the season and the Bison had trimmed the Earlham lead to 3-1 by halftime.
The Bison were hoping to carry the momentum into the second half, but Earlham controlled possession through the early stages. They maintained pressure on BC until the Quakers scored in the 45th and 49th minutes to swell their lead to 5-1. The final goal came on a penalty stroke with less than eight to play.
Bethany finished the afternoon with 14 shots, its second-highest total only behind the 16 the Green and White had in the Sept. 9th overtime win over Transylvania. The Bison also had a season-high 11 penalty corners.
Freshman Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) made eight saves in net for the Bison. For Gill, her assist on Kelly’s goal was her second of the season and gives her four points.
The Bison will close out the season on Oct. 28 with a road game at the College of Wooster.