Patzner leads Hens to come- from-behind win over JMU
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:10
It was a close game, but the Delaware field hockey team earned a 3-2 victory over James Madison before a capacity crowd at Rullo Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Michaela Patzner scored the winning goal from 3 yards out with 1:36 remaining in the game to claim the victory for the Hens.
Patzner said the team prepared for such a goal, and she could sense the final outcome.
“It was a situation we've had a thousand times in practice, and we've done it so many times wrong before,” Patzner said. “I, at that point, knew exactly what I had to do. I came up all the way to the end line and then popped up again, and I just knew Meghan [Winesett] was going to pass me the ball, and I knew it was going to go in.”
Head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof said the come-from-behind victory was a big win.
“This is a great win for our program,” van de Kerkhof said. “It's another reminder that you fight 12 rounds, and we did that today and we found a knockout in the last round with no time left.”
The Hens opened up their CAA season with a 4-0 win against William & Mary Friday night at Rullo Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Michaela Patzner scored two goals, and sophomore midfielder Allie Mikelson and freshman forward Meghan Winesett recorded one goal and one assist each.
Sunday's first half started off strong for the Hens, as they gained an early offensive advantage. The Dukes took an early 1-0 lead when midfielder Saskia Chelmowski scored off of forward Taylor Bailey's assist four minutes and 39 seconds into the game. Shortly after, senior forward Kasey Prettyman shot on goal for the Hens, but the ball bounced off of James Madison's goalkeeper Stephanie Tarafas.
The tide began to turn for Delaware, as senior goalie Sarah Scher saved a Dukes corner. The Hens got a corner themselves, which was saved by Tarafas off of freshman midfielder Esmée Peet's shot. Patzner had another scoring opportunity at 24:30, but was once again stuffed by Tarafas.
James Madison's midfielder Loes Stinjntjes received a green card for a vicious hit, but Tarafas stopped the resulting corner. Though Delaware had nine first-half shots to the Dukes' two, the half ended in the opponents' favor.