Oct. 23- BETHANY, W.Va.- The Bethany College field hockey team had a season-high 22 shots as it defeated Oberlin, 4-1, for its second win of the season and the first victory at Bison Stadium.
Before Wednesday’s game, senior Ashlee Needy (Chicago, Ill/Marist) was honored.
The Bison had one of their best offensive games of the season as they set a season-high with 13 shots on goal and 10 penalty corners.
Sophomore Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) was outstanding in net for the Bison as she made eight saves for her second victory of the season.
Emily Jump scored the game’s first goal for the Bison at the four minute mark. Freshman Rachel Fiedler (Franklin, N.J./ Walkill Valley) fired a shot on net, which was saved by Yeowomen goalkeeper Carmen Azevedo, but Jump got to the rebound and put it into the empty net for her first goal of the season.
Freshman Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) gave the Bison a 2-0 lead at the 19:35 mark. Rao dribbled the ball through multiple Oberlin defenders and managed to dribble around Azevedo and shoot the ball into the empty net for her second goal of the season.
Bethany outshot Oberlin 12-6 in the opening period and would take a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
Oberlin cut the Bethany lead to. 2-1, as Jodi Helsel scored on a breakaway at the 44:28 mark.
The Bison were determined to extend the lead and put the game out of reach, and their hard work paid off, as sophomore Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) netted her fifth and sixth goals and Bethany would go on for the 4-1 victory.
“I am incredibly proud of the performance today and it was really special with it being senior day," commented second year head coach Stephanie Bernthal. “The girls played lights out and it was a total team effort. We have come so far and there is still so much that we can achieve. Our offense is starting to click and it’s fun to watch. We’ve got just over a week left in the season and we will look to finish strong.”
Bethany looks to build on tonight’s victory when it returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Chambersburg to face Wilson at 2:00 p.m.