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Bison Field Hockey Stumble in Season Opener

August 29 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s field hockey dropped their season opener to Goucher College, 3-0 on Friday evening.

The visiting Gophers took the lead early, benefiting from a goal from Lizzie Barminski at the 19:39 mark of the first half.

Goucher would then ride the 1-0 lead into intermission.

Bethany came out strong in the second half of play, as junior Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) had a quality shot at the 35th minute of play but was unable to connect.

After both teams traded great defensive stands, the Gophers would extend their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Rachel Crain in the 53rd minute.

The Bison would then go on the offensive, logging three shots and one corner opportunity over the next 10 minutes of play, but came up empty handed.

The visitors would then tack on one more goal from Justine Ruhlin with nine minutes to play, giving the Gophers a 3-0 advantage.

Bethany would not be able to muster any offense, eventually falling by the same count.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tiffany McCary did well in her first start in front of net, notching four saves on 11 faced shots.

Gill was aggressive on offense taking four shots with two being on goal. Freshmen Bailey Boardman (La Verne, Calif./Bonita), juniors Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton), and Courtney Snyder (Bristol, Pa./Bristol) and sophomore Latisha Cuffee (Virginia Beach, Va./Green Run) all registered one shot each.

Defensively, freshmen Erin Cunningham (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) and Hunter Webster (Newark, Del./Newark) each tallied two defensives saves apiece.

The Bison will be back in action on Sunday, August 31, for a non-conference battle with Wittenberg. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.