Sara Grundy '16 Excels in Goal, Hannah Plappert '16 Nets Deciding Shootout Play as Field Hockey Defeats Colby, Followed by Setback to Williams
Hannah Plappert '16 (#9, right side photo) had the only goal of the game in regulation for Wesleyan, and then scored the deciding goal in an overtime shootout, to lead Wesleyan to a 2-1 win over visiting Colby College in a NESCAC game Sat. Oct. 5.
The Cardinals spent most of the first half on defense, but took advantage of one of its few chances when Plappert blasted home an unassisted goal from five yards out on an attempted clear by the Colby goalie in the 12th minute. It was Plappert's third goal of the season.
Colby came out firing, putting all three of its first-half shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, but Cardinal goalie Sara Grundy '16 (#65, left side photo) kicked them all aside.
Colby tied the game with 10:01 remaining in the second half off the rebounds of an initial shot that was stopped by Grundy.
The two teams played two scoreless overtime periods before deciding the game in a shootout. Mackey Hemphill '15 scored on the first try for Wesleyan and was matched by Colby. The next two shooters for both teams failed to score.
Amber Bruckner '14, the fourth Cardinal shooter, converted her try, and again, was matched by the Mules. Plappert then rifled in her shot before Grundy came through with her third save of the shootout to give Wesleyan the victory.
Facing a 22-8 overall shot differential and 20 corners by the Mules to just four for the Cardinals, the veteran Cardinal defense bent but never broke as Colby failed to score from its corner chances. Grundy, as well, kept Wesleyan in the game with 13 saves.
Wesleyan then inaugurated its Little Three play at home vs. Williams Sat., Oct. 12. Williams avenged its 3-0 loss to Wesleyan last season by capturing a 2-0 win. The Ephs got a tally on a backhand sweep shot that lofted into the upper left side of the net on the 22nd minute, then put home the insurance goal in the 48th minute on a low one-timer from the top of the circle on the right into the left side of the net. The Ephs limited the Cardinals to two shots on net in the game, coming through with a 16-7 shot differential. Grundy produced nine saves in the contest.
Wesleyan completes its non-conference schedule in its next outing, visiting UMass Dartmouth Thurs., Oct. 17.