Field Hockey conquers Wesley College with 1-0 win

Junior Kailyn Brandt scored the lone goal for the Shorewomen, leaving them victorous in a non-conference match.

By Louis Galdos 

Elm Staff Writer 

This past Thursday, the Shorewomen Field Hockey team were tasked in taking down Wesley College at Roy Kirby Jr. stadium. 

With the game set, the Shorewomen were able to take down Wesley in a very close game that ended with a total score of 1-0.

The one and only goal came from a penalty shot scored by junior forward Kailyn Brandt a little bit into the third quarter.

A defensive save by junior Parker Wolf and eight saves by junior Kayla Zapcic shut down the Wolverines and any offensive line they tried to produce.

Zapcic was also named Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game as well as Shorewoman of the Week.  This is Zapcic’s fourth time being named Goose Nation TV Player of the Match.

The game leaders included Brandt, who totaled one goal for the Shorewomen to lead all players on both teams.

Additionally, the Shrewomen had five players lead the team in shutouts including freshman Julianna Sterling, Brandt, freshman Anna Harrington, freshman Jillian Brejnik, and junior Grace Steele. 

Lastly, Zapcic lead the team in total saves. 

In the end, the Shorewomen capitalized with a quality goal and then had a very strong defensive presence against Wesley’s offensive scheme. 

In comparing game stats, the Shorewomen had five total shots with two being on net. Wesley had 13 total shots with only nine being on net. However, the Shorewomen had nine recorded saves. While Wesley had only two total saves.

Senior Abigail McGowan talked about the team’s preparation leading into this past week.

“For Wesley we are focusing on speed in our off-ball movement and working the ball through their presses layers,” McGowan said.

In talking more about their preparation at practice she shared in more detail what they worked on.

“We have prepared all week by working on the shape of our press and including more variation in our outlet,” McGowan said.  “Previous teams we have played this season had similar playing styles as Wesley, so we feel prepared to respond to their style.”

The Shorewomen will face off against Ursinus College on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium in their second-to-last home game and conference game of the season.

After defeating Wesley, the Shorewomen maintain an overall record of 4-10 and a conference record of 2-6.  

Although out of the running for post-season eligibility, the Shoerwomen hope to take home these last few wins. 

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