BY RYAN RODRIGUEZ – STAFF WRITER
Provided by Elizabeth ReganThe Susquehanna field hockey team beat SUNY Oneonta 2-0 on Sept. 19, bringing their win streak to three games. The Crusader defense was unrelenting, allowing only three shots on goal.
Senior forward Katherine Millett scored, recorded an assist and was able to put three shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Rothman recorded her second shut-out in a row. Junior midfielder Lauren Cram was also able to record four shots on goal.
From the first whistle, Susquehanna dominated and controlled the tempo of the game. The Crusaders came out strong in the first half, creating multiple scoring opportunities. Within the first two minutes of the game, Susquehanna scored their first goal.
As the first half went on, the Crusaders were able to contain SUNY’s attack and limited their opportunities.
Going into half time, Susquehanna continued to look strong, but the team’s attackers needed to keep pounding the ball. They were given multiple chances, but only had one goal to show for it.
SUNY came out strong in the second half and Susquehanna had to quickly readjust. Despite the abrupt change, the Crusaders were able to stay strong on the defensive side and were able to come away with turnovers.
The Crusaders were able to keep pressure on SUNY’s defense and at 22:10, they scored yet again.
Susquehanna outshot SUNY 21-4 and they were able to control the pace of the entire game. Their defensive pressure was arguably the best it had been all season.
After the game, head coach Kaitlyn Wahila said: “We were able to produce a lot of attacks in transition and we were able to hold our own defensively as well. I am proud of our team’s effort and we look to build on that for our next game on Wednesday.”
“We make it a mission to come out in the first five minutes very aggressive and try to come away with a goal,” freshman midfielder Zoe Keim said. “We were able to be so aggressive because our defense is very strong.”
With such a strong performance from the defense, Susquehanna looks to be a true contender in the conference this year.
The Crusaders look to keep building on their momentum as they hit the road to Lebanon Valley and face off against the Dutchmen on Sept. 30.