Aug. 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown field hockey team kept a competitive Rider squad unproductive for almost 70 minutes only to have the Broncs break a scoreless tie with 16 seconds remaining in the game. With time limiting Georgetown's opportunity to respond, Rider sent the Hoyas to its second one-goal loss in a row as Georgetown fell 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
"I thought Rider gave us one heck of a fight today, but I think we did a really good job of absorbing the pressure that we did" Georgetown Head Coach Shannon Soares said. "The final four minutes were very exciting. We had the opportunity we were looking for; we just didn't capitalize on it and made a simple positioning error in the final minute which allowed Rider to score."
The Broncs scored off a fast break that allowed for two shots. Georgetown's goal keeper Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Red Land) saved the first shot from Rider's Carlie Spaeder, but was unable to stop the second shot that hit in at the 69:44 mark of the 70 minute contest.
Overall, Skonecki made a game-best 11 saves for the Hoyas, securing five in the first half and six in the second.
Senior Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J. / Oak Knoll) and junior Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa. / Harrisburg Academy) paced Georgetown's offense as they each recorded 2 shots. Junior Maria McDonald (Center Valley, Pa. / Southern Lehigh) and sophomore Megan Parsons (Chester Springs, Pa. / Villa Maria) also gave the Hoyas looks at the goal, putting up a shot each.
The Hoyas return to Multi-Sport Field on Friday, Sept.4 at 1 p.m. as the Blue and Gray takes on La Salle for its third game of the season.