Field Hockey Drops Overtime Thriller

The Frostburg State University (FSU) women’s field hockey team lost its home opener to Randolph-Macon in a 2-1 defeat that lasted into overtime. The Bobcats controlled the game early, and struck first in the contest. In the nineteenth minute, FSU freshmen Gabi Rachuba found the back of the net off an assist from senior captain Ivy Meissner. Although the Bobcats took an early 1-0, they were unable to sustain momentum until halftime. In the twenty-third minute, Randolph-Macon evened the score at 1-1 when Victoria Cappadora scored off an assist from Maria Teresa Ambrogi. Throughout the rest of the first half and the entire second period, both teams battled hard and narrowly missed opportunities to break the tie. The game ultimately headed to overtime, where Randolph-Macon was able to steal a victory on the road in their first game of the season. In the seventy-fourth minute, Jessica Cooke lifted the ball over senior Bobcat goalkeeper Nicole Leighty off an assist from Austyn Faries. The final golden goal score gave Randolph-Macon the 2-1 overtime win.

Despite the loss, the Bobcats displayed numerous chances on goal. FSU finished with five shots in the game, three of which were on goal. Randolph-Macon recorded thirteen shots in the game, eight of which were on goal. Junior Molly Pickard led the Bobcats with two shots, and Rachuba, freshman Sam Coffey, and junior Ashleigh Myers each had one. Leighty led both teams with six saves in goal. As the FSU field hockey team prepares for Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play in the coming weeks, they will look to build upon their early-season form.

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