Royals Dominate Second Half For 2-1 Road Win

Emily Augsburger (19) and Alyssa Gore (3) each scored after corners such as this one. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Emily Augsburger (19) and Alyssa Gore (3) each scored after corners such as this one. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Kicking their play into high gear after halftime, EMU's field hockey women scored a pair of goals to earn their first win of the season on Sunday, a 2-1 victory at Ferrum College.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, the Royals came out a completely different team in the second 35. They fired a shot in the 37th minute and took the first of 12 second-half corners in the 39th.

Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) was the first to hit the cage, tying the score at 1-1 in the 45th minute with an assist from Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool).

Ten minutes later, Eastern Mennonite took the lead after yet another corner. Senior Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) connected on what turned out to be the game-winner, assisted by Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central).

Even with the lead, the Royals kept up the attack and Ferrum did not manage another scoring opportunity. EMU had an 18-1 shot domination in the second half.

It was a lackluster first frame for both teams with a combined two shots on goal, one from each team. The Panthers had a 1-0 lead after an unassisted goal from Kasey Sheets in the 12th minute.

The women ended with a 24-7 advantage in shots. Price fired 11 attempts. Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) earned the win in between the pipes.

Now 1-1 on the season, the Royals return home for a non-conference contest against Sweet Briar College on Wednesday. Game time in Harrisonburg is 7:00pm.