Women Respond In Crunch Time For Second Straight Game

Midfielder Madeline Mast scored a goal for the second straight game. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Midfielder Madeline Mast scored a goal for the second straight game. (photo by Scott Eyre)

It was another dramatic win for the Royals.

For the second straight game, EMU's field hockey women responded in crunch time, as senior Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) scored the game-winning goal with 1:27 left in regulation of Sunday's 4-3 victory over Hendrix College. The two schools were playing a neutral-site game hosted by Centre College in Danville, Ken.

This comes on the heels of Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Concordia (Wisc.).

Sunday's contest was another back-and-forth affair highlighted by three EMU scores in a span of 12:20 late in the game. It was a cathartic release for the Royals, who out-shot Hendrix 41-9.

The Warriors (4-8) scored first on a goal in the sixth minute from Rebecca Maeder. Eastern Mennonite equalized in the 20th when Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) tipped in an attempt from Augsburger. Hendrix came back before intermission, however, using Romee Blokland's goal in the 28th to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

After more than 20 scoreless minutes in the second half, the Royals broke through.

Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) scored in the 57th, getting an assist from Janae Kauffman (Harleysville, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) to tie the game. Madeline Mast (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) put in a rebounded shot four minutes later to give the women their first lead.

Hendrix got another goal from Blokland in the 68th minute to knot things up at 3-3, but that's when EMU's experience from Friday's win paid off. Just over a minute after the Warriors scored, Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) found Augsburger for the game-winner, bumping their record to 5-10.

In Friday's win, Mast had equalized the game with less than three minutes left in regulation before Hartzler won it early in overtime.

The Royals put 22 shots on goal compared to just five for Hendrix. They also had a sizeable 18-6 advantage in corners. Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) made two saves in goal for EMU.

The women stay in Danville to take on host Centre College with a 6:00pm start Monday night. EMU also plays at Transylvania in Lexington, Ken., Tuesday afternoon as part of their Fall Break trip.