Aug. 26, 2012
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Wildcat Field Hockey (2-0) came away with their second win of the season and a first-place finish at the Colonial Classic, defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas (1-1) 3-2 in an overtime victory Sunday afternoon.
Villanova began the game with a series of unsuccessful corner opportunities. CMU goaltender Anastasia Netto stood firm blocking multiple shot attempts by the Wildcat attack line. Villanova finally found the back of the cage in the 21st minute when Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa.) and Kristen Davila's (Holmdel, N.J.) corner play set freshman Carolynn Clark (Haddonfield, N.J.) up for her first-collegiate goal, tipped in off a deflection on the right post.
The goal gave Villanova momentum as they offensively controlled the game for the remainder of the half. Jessica Swoboda proved to be a goal-catalyst for the Wildcat front-line as she registered six shots and a shot on goal throughout the contest. With just two minutes left in the half, Swoboda blasted a shot that was rebounded by Keira Zambon (Medford, N.J.) and put past Netto for the Wildcat's second score.
Despite Villanova's two-goal lead, the Chippewas were not done fighting. They came out raging in the second period, outshooting the Wildcats 15-5. Central Michigan badgered Villanova's defensive end for the first fifteen minutes of the second half, setting up corner after corner, only to be blocked by sophomore goalie Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.) who notched nine saves in the contest. The Wildcat defense forced the ball out of their circle on multiple CMU attempts and tallied nine saves in the second half alone.
The Central Michigan offensive line continued to press on Villanova's defense. However, the defense was no match for CMU forward Mary Alice Moore who rebounded her own blocked shot and fed the ball to Erin Dye for a quick goal past Diekmann in the 48th minute. After a quick Villanova time-out, the Chippewas were back down in Villanova's circle. Just seconds after their first goal, Erin Dye's shot deflected off Diekmann's pads and Bailey McKeon was there ready to tip in the ball, tying up the game at 2-2 with her second goal of the season.
The Wildcat defense pulled themselves together and cleared the ball out of their circle as the half wound down. The offensive line was desperate to avoid an overtime decision, however, after a few final corner attempts, an overtime decision was inevitable.
In the little time between the end of regular-play and overtime, Head Coach Joanie Milhous sparked a fire in her players as Villanova completely dominated the overtime. The Wildcats' seven players came out with the aggression and intensity they were lacking in the second half and immediately got control of the ball in their offensive circle. The attack continued to cause the Chippewas to foul, giving them opportunities to score off a corner. Finally, with minutes left in overtime, Amy Jackson (Columbia, Pa.) found Olivia Maggitti (West Chester, Pa.) for the game-winning goal, giving the Wildcats the 3-2 win and the Colonial Classic Title.
Villanova improves their record to 2-0 for the season and will look to add another victory to their success when they face Rider on Friday August, 31st at 4 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J.