Sept. 29- BALTIMORE, Md.- The Bethany College field hockey team scored five unanswered goals after a 1-1 tie, as it defeated Notre Dame (Md.), 6-1, for its first win of the season on Sunday afternoon at Alumnae Field.
The six goals and 18 shots for the Bison was a season-high and the most since the team was brought back as a varsity sport last season.
Sophomore Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) was fantastic in net for the Bison, as she recorded 11 saves for her first victory of the season.
Freshman Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) led the Bison and set a career-high with seven shots.
Bethany got off to a quick start, as Rao put the Bison on the scoreboard with her first goal of the season at the 2:29 mark, as she fired a shot on net, which deflected off a Gator defender and found its way in the back of the net.
Katelynn Olson tied the game at one for Notre Dame with her second goal of the season at the 13:10 mark.
Bethany was not fazed when Notre Dame tied the game at 1. The Bison would regain the lead for good, as sophomore Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) scored the first of five straight goals for the Bison with her first goal of the season at the 19:54 mark.
Sophomore Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) scored two-straight goals at the 39:51 and 60:27 to extend the Bison lead to 4-1.
Natalie Knauer received a pass from Solomon and scored her first career goal and Gill scored her second goal of the game, as she received a pass from Knauer, as the Bison went on to defeat the Gators 6-1.
Head Coach Stephanie Bernthal had these remarks after the team’s first victory of the season: “I couldn’t be more proud of these girls. We played down a player in the two games this weekend, but one thing we stressed since I became the head coach was the girls to show grit and outwork the other team.
“The fan support we had from our player’s families were tremendous. It was awesome to have so much support. This game shows what we can do and I look forward to seeing the girls’ hard work continue to pay off.
Bethany returns to action on Thursday evening as it takes on Frostburg State at 7:00 p.m. at Bison Stadium.