After dropping a 3-1 game to Denison University on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Kenyon field hockey team bounced back with a convincing 6-2 victory over Oberlin College on Sunday, Sept. 29, finishing the weekend third in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) standings with a record of 4-2.
Down 3-0, Julie Freedman ’15 got Kenyon on the board with nine minutes remaining in the second half, but the two-goal lead proved insurmountable as Denison secured a 3-1 victory.
Following the game, Head Coach Jacque DeMarco said, that the team was frustrated with their performance but had to be ready to play against Oberlin.
“They were mad, and I told them they could be mad, but they really needed to take it out on the next day,” DeMarco said.
And take it out they did. After Oberlin drew first blood at the 11:24 mark in the first half, the Ladies responded in full force, scoring six of the next seven goals.
First, Rachel Hall ’15 charged down the field on a fast break and finished with a shot to the far corner of the cage.
Less than two minutes later, Alex Bair ’14 knocked home a seven-yard strike through a crowd of Oberlin defenders, putting Kenyon on top 2-1. Hannah Drake ’16 fired a shot through the five-hole of the Oberlin goalkeeper at 28:04, leaving Kenyon up 3-1 going into the half.
Co-Captain Sammy Johnston ’15 and Annie Hulkower ’14 combined for one of the game’s finer plays when Hulkower deflected one of Johnston’s shots on the left post to score at the 40:16 mark.
Oberlin tried to get back in the game on a breakaway six minutes later, but goalkeeper Sydney Carney-Knisely ’14 made a kick-save to preserve the Ladies’ three-goal lead.
Christine Bloom ’16 flicked home a Kenyon rebound at 53:23 and Anna Petek ’17 redirected a Drake shot to close out the scoring for the Ladies en route to a 6-2 victory.
The Ladies continue NCAC play at home against the College of Wooster this Saturday, Oct. 5 at noon.
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