Oct. 4, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (3-8, 0-3 BIG EAST) dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime decision to conference foe Rutgers (5-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) Friday evening after battling through 115 minutes of play and ending the game in a shootout.
Junior back Maddy Harding increased the lead for the Wildcats at 17:52. Junior forward Jessica Swoboda took a penalty corner and Harding sent a hard shot straight to the back of the goal for the 2-0 lead. Harding now has five goals on the season, tied for the team lead.
The Scarlet Knights broke the shutout less than five minutes later. Midfielder Sophie Wright's shot from the top of the circle found its way past senior goalkeeper Julia Todd for the goal. Villanova went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
Rutgers came out pushing offensively in the second half, but the Wildcats cut off their attack. Senior midfielder Keira Zambon and sophomore midfielder Ann Romanowski broke up passes and created turnovers in the defensive zone to keep the Wildcats ahead. The Scarlet Knights held a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on any of them.
The Scarlet Knights managed to tie the game at 64:49 when back Sophia Walia was awarded a penalty stroke and the ball found its way past Todd.
The teams played two 15-minute overtime periods, trading possession and momentum. The Wildcats and Scarlet Knights recorded just two shots each through the extra 30 minutes.
Villanova and Rutgers went to a shootout, where three Scarlet Knights scored to seal the 3-2 win. Zambon scored in the shootout for the Wildcats.
Rutgers held a 15-8 advantage in shots and an 18-5 advantage in penalty corners for the game.
Todd started in her first career game at goalkeeper for the Wildcats. The senior made three saves in the game.
The Wildcats return to the field next Friday against BIG EAST rival Old Dominion at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.