Sept. 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University field hockey team (3-3) experienced its first win at home under the lights of Multi Sport Field, in front of a home crowd of over 500 on Saturday evening, as it took down Longwood University in overtime 1-0. The victory moves the team to .500 under first year Head Coach Shannon Soares
Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) provided the overtime heroics for the Blue & Gray three minutes into the extra period after obtaining possession in the circle, breaking away from a defender and sending the ball past the Longwood goalie. The score was the second of the season for the junior forward.
"We are happy with the result, but not satisfied and not settling, we're pushing forward," said Soares. "Overtime wins are definitely very emotional wins for us; we're proud of the finish and the energy and fight in this game but we turn the page very quickly and focus on a very tough Lehigh team tomorrow."
Said Butterfield, "It was a tough battle the whole game, neither team was able to have many shots on cage and I think in overtime we worked together and we did a great job pulling through."
The first half was a battle for control as both teams orchestrated offensive attacks that were negated by defensive efforts. Longwood recorded the first shot of the game at the 16:02 mark in the first half, an effort that was blocked by a Georgetown defender. Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) had her first save of the game a mere four seconds later clearing a shot by Hollie MacDonald of Longwood. The pace remained the same throughout the remainder of the first half. Elizabeth Mueller's (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) shot that went wide at 33:22 was the Hoyas' lone shot in the first half. The teams went into halftime tied 0-0.
As play resumed, the pace was similar to that of the first half. Longwood had a possession that could have provided the first score of the game, but Skonecki provided a big save less than 30 seconds into the second half of action. The GU defense would come through in big way twice when it had a block and goalie save in a span of ten seconds at the 46:00 mark in regulation.
Emily Weinberg (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) provided the two shot opportunities for the Hoyas in the second half at 64:41 and with time winding down in regulation at 66:34, both efforts were blocked, setting the stage for an overtime showdown.
The Hoyas and Lancers sent out seven players for the overtime period and set forth in search of sudden victory. Following a series of potentially dangerous situations, Butterfield broke away for the game-winner.
The win was the second overtime victory for the Hoyas this season, as they downed Holy Cross in extra time on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Worcester, Mass.
The window to celebrate a victory is short, however, with Georgetown playing their second game on Sunday against Lehigh on Multi Sport Field at noon. Last season's matchup was a 4-0 win by Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. The Mountain Hawks come to The Hilltop with a record of 1-6 following a 4-0 loss at the hands of American on Saturday afternoon.
"We're looking forward to the opportunity of hosting them at home tomorrow, but it will not come easy and that is something that we have to continue to fight for," said Soares.