Virginia Downs Penn State in Top-10 Field Hockey Clash

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Senior Elly Buckley had a pair of goals as the No. 7 Virginia field hockey team beat No. 6 Penn State, 4-2, Sunday

Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone made 13 saves to improve her record and the team’s to 2-0.

“It is always a big win to beat Penn State,” said head coach Michele Madison. “They are a great team and a great program. This was a great opportunity for both us and Penn State to see where we our teams are and what we are made of. I think both teams showed a lot of character. We were the ones who were able to put the ball in the goal. Jenny Johnstone kept us in the game when we had a scoring lull.”

Virginia faced six second-half penalty corners, with Penn State capitalizing on just one of those opportunities. The Nittany Lions fired off 21 shots to Virginia’s 19, including outshooting the Cavaliers 13-8 in the second period. Johnstone made eight of her 13 saves in the second half.

Buckley added her second and third goals of the season off a penalty corner 2:12 into the game, and later, on a penalty corner 14 minutes into the second half, Buckley put UVa up, 2-1, four minutes later.

Senior Hadley Bell smashed in a shot from the right side of the goal three minutes after Buckley’s second goal with an assist from freshman Macy Peebles. Penn State pulled to within one, 3-2, with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Freshman Riley Tata tapped in a pass from fellow freshman Lucy Hyams with six minutes remaining to give Virginia an insurance goal.

“The goal for today was to go hard every second of every play and I think we brought a great intensity to the field,” Madison said.

Virginia will play a pair of road games next weekend, playing at Yale on Friday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. before heading back south to face No. 8 Old Dominion on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.

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