The Royals continued their non-conference tour through the Southern Athletic Association on Monday, dropping a 4-1 field hockey decision at Centre College in Danville, Ken. The Colonels (11-4/4-1 SAA) are in second place in the conference.
Eastern Mennonite is now 4-2 against SAA teams, a geographically wide conference in field hockey, representing teams from Wisconsin to Arkansas to Virginia. The Royals wrap up their games against the SAA, and their season, on Tuesday, playing at Transylvania in Lexington, Ken. The women earned a 1-0 win over the Pioneers on Sept. 9 at a tournament hosted by Wilson in Chambersburg, Pa.
Senior Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) put the Royals on the board first against Centre, knocking in a stroke in the 14th minute. The senior now has five goals over the last five games, including a perfect 3-for-3 effort in penalty strokes. With seven goals and three assists, Augsburger has repeated both of her season high totals from last fall.
Eastern Mennonite had other close chances over the first 13:26 of the game, when they earned three of their corners and attempted four shots. Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) had a shot saved by a Centre defender while Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) put up a shot stopped by the goalie.
As if breaking out a secret recipe, the Colonels started to take over after Augsburger's goal. Centre knocked in the equalizer in the 21st minute, and after a flurry of offense, the home team led 3-1 by the 26th minute.
The Colonels added a rebounded putback in the 46th for the final goal of the game.
Centre earned a 24-7 shot advantage, including 16-4 on goal. Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) made 10 saves, while Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County) and Rachel Musselman (Denver, Pa./Cocalico) each had a defensive save.
Price had four of EMU's shots and Augsburger had two.
Game time on Tuesday against Transylvania (5-10) is at 3:00pm.