West Chester senior forward Kaitlin Hatch’s dramatic score with less than one minute to go in overtime lifted the Golden Rams past ESU Field Hockey 2-1 last Wednesday at ESU’s Whitenight Field.
This was a big game pitting two perennial Division II field hockey powerhouses in No. 1. ESU and No. 3 West Chester.
The Golden Rams got the better of it in the first half as West Chester outshot ESU 10-5.
West Chester junior midfielder Katie Thompson scored the first goal on a rebound shot in the 20th minute of the game.
But the Warriors got after it in the second half and made this a competitive game.
Senior forward Makenna Marhefka scored the equalizer with an assist from senior center back Ashley Ceschini in the 33rd minute.
But the score remained tied 1-1 as neither side wanted to give an inch, and the game went into overtime.
Hatch then stunned the Warriors with the winning goal with less than one minute left in the first overtime.
Head Coach Sandy Miller said it was a tough game.
“West Chester is good,” Miller said. “They are just a solid, solid team.”
“Hatch is really good,” said Miller. “She is their top player, and we tried to key on her.”
“I thought it was a battle of No. 1 and No. 2.,” stated Miller. “Stonehill is three; Ship’s right there.”
“It was just a battle of really good teams,” Miller said.
“We didn’t play well in the first half,” said Miller. “In the second half, we really played well and outplayed them.”
“When we went to the ball, we made things happen,” stated Miller. “We outplayed West Chester.”
“But we just made some bad passes, and the good teams capitalize on that,” Miller said. “Hockey sometimes is a game of turnovers,” Miller stated.
“We had opportunities and didn’t capitalize on ours,” stated Miller. “So that was the difference.”
“Proud of ourselves battling back, but we just didn’t put it in the cage,” Miller said.
“It was just a great battle,” Miller stated.
The field was wet because of the rain, but Miller said that it didn’t make a difference.
“We love playing in the rain,” said Miller. “It makes the surface faster.”
The Warriors (5-2) will play Mercyhurst at home this Saturday, Oct. 6 on Homecoming Weekend.
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