The Eastern Mennonite University field hockey team opened the season on their home turf but fell to visiting Sewanee 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. The contest marked the first meeting between the two sides since 2009.
The Royals came out hard from the get go and had chances in the first ten minutes of the contest with four great shot attempts, three taken by sophomore Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) and one taken by senior Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite).
EMU saw big defensive games from freshman Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County), as well as junior goal keeper Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) to keep the score at 0-0.
Troyer saw 14 shots in the first half and was credited with 4 saves, as the majority of Sewanee's shots were not on cage.
In the closing five minutes of the first half, EMU's defense saw four penalty corners. Each opportunity did not prove successful for the Tigers, and the remainder of the first half would remain scoreless on both sides.
The Royals came out firing in the second stanza, but the Sewanee defense continued to stay strong in the circle.
The Tigers turned away four chances between Price and sophomore Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) in the first 10 minutes of the second half to maintain the score line.
Price led the Royals with 11 shots, seven on cage, while Gore and Augsburger had three attempts each.
In what would prove to be the game-winner, Sewanee senior Monica Bueso connected in the striking circle and tapped the ball into the low left corner of the cage past Troyer in the 49th minute to put the visitors ahead.
EMU continued to counter following the deficit but had trouble finding openings in the attacking end.
The effort wouldn't be enough to tie up the match, leaving the Royals out of time to strike again.
Eastern Mennonite held a slight 20-19 shot advantage and 8-5 penalty corner advantage, but ultimately Sewanee edged the Royals in saves 10-4.
The Royals return to action on Sunday, Sept. 3 when they travel to W.B. Adams Stadium at Ferrum College. Game time is slated for 11:00am.