Wildcats Start Season Off Strong
Aug. 24, 2012
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Villanova (1-0) Field Hockey notched their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Robert Morris (0-1) during the first round of the Colonial Classic Tournament held at Robert Morris. For the second consecutive year, sophomore forward Leah High(Green Lane, Pa.) opened the Wildcats' season with an offensive surge, scoring Villanova's first goal and adding an assist on the second.
Both Robert Morris and Villanova battled for the first score of the game, each team registering nine shots in the first half. Colonial midfielder and 2011 All-NEC player Jamie Hartley blasted three shots and one shot on goal in an attempt to put Robert Morris ahead, but sophomore goalie Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.) and VU's defense stepped up tallying four saves in the first half. After almost an entire scoreless first period, Villanova finally seized an offensive opportunity when Kendall Kreisl fed Leah High a pass that netted a goal past Robert Morris goalie Paige Neat for the first goal of the game.
The Wildcats came out determined to hold onto their lead in the second half. With 10 shots and five shots on goal throughout the contest, Jessica Swoboda(Hanover Township, Pa.) was hungry to find the net to earn Villanova's second goal, but Paige Neat and her defensive unit stood strong, tallying six saves in the second period. Despite a tough defensive wall to break, the Wildcats kept rushing the cage and outshot Robert Morris 13-4 through the second half.
Villanova finally earned a solid lead when Leah High found Olivia Maggitti (West Chester, Pa.) for a score to the back of the cage sixty-two minutes into the contest. Despite the two-goal lead, VUFH's defense remained poised and controlled. With time running down, Robert Morris' last chance offensive efforts came up short and Alex Diekmannearned her first shut-out of the season as the Wildcats took home the 2-0 victory.
The Wildcats will look to capture the Colonial Classic Championship and secure their second win of the season this Sunday at 2 PM against Central Michigan.