Sep 7, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman forward Courtney Devine scored her first collegiate goal as the Villanova field hockey team defeated the Siena Saints, 2-1, Saturday afternoon.
"It's good to get our first win under our belt," said head coach Joanie Milhous. "I know we've got a lot more production in us. The team had such an outstanding performance on Wednesday [versus Rider] so we wanted that to set the tone for the rest of the season."
Junior midfielder Lauren Wilson started the scoring off for the Wildcats (1-3) just 4:35 into the game. After a rebound in front of Siena goalkeeper Beth Meyers, freshman midfielder Kristen Mericle dropped a short pass to Wilson, who pushed the ball into the net. The assist was Mericle's first collegiate point.
The Saints (0-2) tied the game at 12:30 off a Megan Meyers tip-in goal. Devine responded for the Wildcats at 20:06. Sophomore forward Kayla Kenney collected the ball and passed to Devine, who shot it into the right side of the goal.
The teams remained scoreless for the rest of the game, but each squad had chances to change the score. At the 45-minute mark, junior forward Jessica Swoboda took a corner, which turned into a melee in front of Meyers. Junior midfielder Andrea Conte, senior midfielder Keira Zambon, senior forward Celise Feller and Kenney all took shots, but none made it into the net.
Swoboda took a shot in the last minute of the game that found its way past the Saints goalkeeper, but referees whistled the goal off.
The Saints led in corner kicks, 10-5. Villanova narrowly led in shots, 11-10. Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann made two saves.
The Wildcats travel to Kent, Ohio, to take on Saint Louis and Kent State on Sept. 14 and 15.