VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --- Tuesday was a beautiful day for the Virginia Wesleyan College field hockey team to kick off its season on the newest beautiful addition to VWC's outdoor athletic complex. To start off the game, the Marlins were excited to show their gratitude and appreciation to donors George and Sue Birdsong, Tassos ('79) and Dolores Paphites, Bill Shelhorse ('70), John Trinder, board member and Athletic Facilities Steering Committee Chair Butch Everett, Board Chair Gary Bonnewell ('79), folks from Tymoff and Moss, and Hourigan Construction who designed and built this state of the art venue.
At the start of lineups, the Marlin community directed their attention to the center of the field as junior captain Asiah Allen, senior captain Sam Jackson, and the VWC field hockey team gathered around for the first ceremonial hit. Allen and Jackson presented Sue and George Birdsong with a keepsake hockey stick to show their appreciation for the new turf field.
The first half was scoreless as both defenses held their end of the field. Marlin freshman goalkeeper Skye Swain made 11 saves in her first intercollegiate athletic game on Birdsong Field.
The Seahawks scored three goals straight by sophomore midfielder Megan Moore off a deflection, junior forward Brady Wolf assisted by senior forward Nina Collins off a cross in front of the goalie, and junior midfielder Alli Szymanski off of a save.
The Marlin turned up the pressure late in the second half, getting a score as Allen scored off of an assist from Jackson when her deflection sneaked by the Seahawks' keeper.
The Marlins (0-1) travel to Hood College Saturday, September 5th at 1:00 p.m.