Sep 4, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Despite its strongest defensive showing this season, the Villanova field hockey team fell, 1-0, to Rider Wednesday evening.
"As much as I hate losing, this was a well-played game for us," said head coach Joanie Milhous. "The defense played tough tonight. I hate saying it was a moral victory, but we did show improvement tonight."
The Broncs had numerous chances to score, ending the game with 16 corners to Villanova's six, but the Wildcats' defense held strong to limit Rider's chances. Junior back Abigail Freitag and senior midfielder Keira Zambon led the team on defense, breaking up Rider plays and passes.
The teams went into halftime tied 0-0, and the Wildcats held a 7-4 advantage in shots. The Broncs pushed offensively in the second half with 10 of their corners coming after the break. Despite the extra changes, the Wildcats ended the night tied in shots, 11-11, with Rider.
The Broncs finally capitalized on their abundance of corners at 64:50 in the game. Forward Nicole Hareau took a rebound from a corner kick and sent the ball into the left side of the goal.
Junior back Maddy Harding led Villanova offensively with four shots and three shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann finished the game with four saves.
The Wildcats are now 0-3 on the year. Villanova returns to the field Saturday against Siena at Villanova Stadium at 1 p.m.