Lady Hens outlast Leopards 2-1, climb to 3-1 on season
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 21:09
Under a bright sunny sky at Rullo Field Sunday, the Delaware field hockey team won against Lafayette University, 2-1.
Head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof said the matchup was a good test for the Hens.
“Lafayette is a very hard working team,” van de Kerkhof said. “They are very fit and they like to hit the big ball, and those are two things we haven't seen. So it's good that their style exposed us to a different way of us playing defense and pressing.”
Delaware played Central Michigan Friday night, winning 4-2. Freshman midfield/defender Esmée Peet scored the opening goal off in a corner three minutes into the game, and then scored again in the 37th minute. Sophomore midfielder Michaela Patzner and senior forward Kasey Prettyman scored as well.
Peet said the team is bonding incredibly well.
“It's fantastic, I love the team,” she said. “Everybody's very close to each other, and everybody's nice. We talk a lot, we laugh a lot, I really like it.”
Right from the opening face off, the two sides were even until redshirt freshman midfield/forward Maddie O'Beirne, who had just entered the game, scored from 10 yards out in the 10th minute.
O'Beirne was assisted by Patzner, who now has 10 points this year.
O'Beirne said it was her job to get the ball into the goal.
“I saw my teammate had the ball near the top of the circle, and I knew that I needed to help my teammates and it was my responsibility to get it in the goal,” she said. “I had my stick ready, and I just guided the ball into the goal. It's my first career goal ever, so that's pretty exciting.”