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Bethany Loses Opening Home Game to W&J

Sept. 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Freshman Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) scored her first collegiate goal, but it was the only score for the Bethany College field hockey team in a 10-1 loss Thursday night to visiting Washington & Jefferson in the home opener at Bison Stadium.

The Presidents (1-0) came out firing early, but BC freshman goalie Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) was strong in net. She turned aside the first five shots on cage until W&J’s Victoria Patrick scored off a penalty corner nearly eight minutes into the game.

Harrison continued to be stout in net through most of the half. She made four more stops before the Presidents scored again. W&J would go on to score five goals before halftime, but Harrison’s work in net kept the score close, as she recorded 20 saves in the opening half.

The Presidents would open the second half with a goal less than four minutes in, but then Bethany capitalized on a scoring chance. On a penalty corner, freshman Courtney Snyder (Bristol, Pa.) passed off to Gill, who scored on the team’s first shot of the night to make it a 6-1 score.

From there, W&J would close the scoring out with four more tallies to make the final margin 10-1. Harrison finished the evening with 22 saves for the Green and White.

The Bison will be back on the field this weekend at the Frostburg State Tournament. Bethany will play Bridgewater (Va.) College Saturday at noon and then take on the host school Frostburg Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m.