Field hockey drops heartbreaker to Ohio Wesleyan in shootout

Sofia Salvatore

DELAWARE, Ohio – Earlham field hockey came up on the short end of a shootout and dropped a 2-1 decision to North Coast Athletic Conference-rival Ohio Wesleyan University, Wednesday night at Selby Stadium.

Sofia Salvatore and Maite Turlings each converted shootout attempts for the Quakers, by three Ohio Wesleyan players responded with goals of their own to lift the Battling Bishops to the win.

Salvatore scored Earlham's only goal of the game with 23:09 remaining on the first half clock with an unassisted score. That lead held through the remainder of the opening frame, sending the Quakers into the intermission with the 1-0 lead.

Ohio Wesleyan knotted things up just over three minutes into the second half with a goal by Maggie Greer off an assist from Barbara Welling. Neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal over the remaining 32 minutes of play in the second half, and two 10-minute overtime period likewise failed to produce a victor.

First year goalie Margaret Murphy charted 10 saves over her 90 minutes in the Earlham cage, while the Battling Bishops' Paige Ross stopped eight shots for Ohio Wesleyan. The Bishops had a 25-19 lead in total shots, and a slight 17-15 advantage in penalty corner opportunities. Six of those 17 Ohio Wesleyan penalty corners came in a frenetic first 10-minute overtime period, when the Battling Bishops pounded away at the Quaker goal forcing Murphy to make six of her 10 saves on the night.

Earlham makes its 2018 home debut on Saturday, Sept. 15, when it hosts Concordia University of Wisconsin. Game time at Darrell Beane Stadium is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

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