Howes and German Second-Half Goals Push Scots Past Kenyon
WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster scored goals a little more than two minutes apart midway through the second half and then hung on for a 3-2 North Coast Athletic Conference victory against Kenyon College in field hockey action at John P. Papp Stadium Thursday afternoon.
With the scored knotted at one and neither team mounting much of an offensive threat to that point during the second half, Wooster (3-2, 2-0 NCAC) brought the ball into the circle where Amanda Graeser struck a hard pass toward the cage and Isabelle Howes deflected it in for the goal.
The Fighting Scots quickly upped their lead to 3-1 when Laura German got free right in front of the net. She was denied on the first attempt, but gathered the rebound and slapped it in. For both Howes and German, it marked their second goals of the year.
Having limited Kenyon (1-4, 1-2 NCAC) without a shot through the first 20 minutes of the second half, Wooster appeared to be in good shape, however, the Ladies scored, with Sammi Johnston punching in a rebound during a penalty corner, at the 11:21 mark.
With less than four minutes remaining, Kenyon almost tied it up on another corner attempt. This time, the Scots' standout back, Josie Rey, made a defensive save to preserve the win.
The first half saw the teams go back-and-forth in the middle of the field until late when the offenses exchanged goals a mere 22 seconds apart. First, Anna Divis drove in a direct shot off a penalty corner, assisted by Nikki Sever, for Wooster, followed moments later by the Ladies' Cecilia Depman emerging from a scramble in front of the cage with a goal.
The two 'keepers, Liz Plumley of the Scots and Kenyon's Sydney Carney-Knisley, were each credited with four saves for the game.
Wooster will attempt to win its fourth in a row on Sunday afternoon when the University of Rochester (4-1) visits Papp Stadium.