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Bison Defense Strong but Wilson Comes Away with 3-0 Victory

Oct. 1 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Led by 25 saves from freshman goalie Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa), the Bethany College field hockey team played one of its best defensive games of the season, but visiting Wilson (Pa.) College scored just enough to take a 3-0 victory Monday night.

9041Harrison12-3.jpg Harrison (right), who entered Monday’s tilt as the Division III leader in saves per game with 16.75, was sharp from the outset. She made the first of her nine opening-half saves five minutes into the contest and managed to keep the Phoenix (6-5) off the scoreboard until the latter stages of the period. Finally with less than five minutes left before halftime, Wilson’s Kaite Omori scored to put the visitors in front 1-0.

The Phoenix nearly struck again before half, but a defensive save by freshman Courtney Snyder (Bristol, Pa.), her second of the half, kept it a one-goal spread. The Bison (1-8) managed to generate a chance in the waning minutes, as shortly after a penalty corner, freshman Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) put a shot on net, but it was stopped and the game went to halftime with Wilson in the lead 1-0.

Harrison would be busy again in the second half, as Wilson stepped up its efforts on offense. The Bison netminder turned aside seven shots, while the BC defense blocked a pair before the visitors managed to score again. The Phoenix scored with just under 10 minutes gone in the second half and pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute when a Bison foul led to a penalty stroke attempt. Wilson’s Arissa Ward just managed to shoot it past Harrison for the final score of the game.

When the final horn sounded, Bethany’s three goals allowed was its second-lowest total of the season behind only the 2-1 overtime victory over Transylvania (Ky.) University Sept. 9th. Harrison’s final save total reached 25, which is the sixth most in a Division III game this season. The national leader for saves in a game also happens to be Bethany’s Harrison, who stopped 30 shots back on Sept. 23rd at Kenyon.

The Bison will be back on the field Friday when they travel to Hood (Md.) College for a game at 4:30 p.m .