RICHMOND, Ind. – A four-goal performance from sophomore Denise Bergdolt carried Earlham College field hockey past visiting Oberlin, 5-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game on Sunday at Darrell Beane Stadium.
The victory improved Earlham's overall record to 8-5, matching the Quakers' win total from all of 2018. The Maroon and White improved to 2-0 in the NCAC, and extended its winning streak to three games – longest winning streak since the 2017 season.
After a scoreless and relatively even opening quarter, Earlham began to assert more offensive pressure in the second stanza.
Bergdolt finally got the Quakers on the scoreboard with her penalty corner goal with 5:31 remaining in the second quarter, off a pass from Molly McKellar. Bergdolt added her second goal of the game with just 35 seconds showing on the second quarter scoreboard, again putting a penalty corner blast past Oberlin goalie Julia Vincent off an insertion by Guin Schalck.
Schalck accounted for the next Earlham goal, extending the Quakers' lead to 3-0, at the 7:08 mark of the third quarter, with Olivia Layne getting credit for the assist.
Oberlin's Reet Goraya ended Earlham's shutout bid with 6:00 remaining in the third quarter, scoring on a corner with assists by Meredith Warden and Abby Rosenthal to cut the margin to 3-1 for the Quakers.
Bergdolt added a pair of insurance goals for Earlham late in the contest, both off penalty corner opportunities. The first was at the 4:31 mark of the third quarter, extending Earlham's lead to 4-1, and the second was at the 14:39 mark of the fourth quarter. Junior Sofia Salvatore assisted on both goals.
Earlham outshot Oberlin, 31-3, and the Quakers generated 10 penalty corner opportunities to the Yeowomen's three. Earlham goalie Meg Murphy was not required to make a save over her 60 minutes in goal, while Oberlin's Vincent charted 13 stops.
Earlham field hockey heads out for a two-game NCAC road trip next weekend. The Quakers will face College of Wooster on Saturday, Oct. 19, followed by Kenyon College on Sunday, Oct. 20.