Early Second-Half Scores Carry Field Hockey to 2-1 Victory

Missy Stroup's first goal of the season was the game winner
Missy Stroup's first goal of the season was the game winner

Early Second-Half Scores Carry Field Hockey to 2-1 Victory

FERRUM, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College field hockey team scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half to defeat Ferrum College 2-1 in non-conference field hockey action Saturday afternoon.

The first half was scoreless despite the Marlins outshooting Ferrum 15-1 while forcing Courtney Gosslin into seven saves.

VWC got the ball in the circle early in the final 35 minutes as Ashley Parker took a shot that was saved by Gosslin just 22 seconds into the half. Sam Jackson finished off the game's initial score just 30 seconds later.

The Marlins scored an insurance tally at 39:54 when Jacklyn Cheely took a shot that was saved off the pads of Gosslin. Missy Stroup slammed the deflection to the back of the cage, giving Cheely the assist on the score.

Ferrum attempted a comeback, taking two shots that were saved by Skye Swain before ruining Swain's bid for a shutout with a score at 69:18. Sierra Magdaleno found Lexi Rivers for the score but Ferrum could do no more as Virginia Wesleyan earned the victory.

VWC outshot Ferrum 24-6 while maintaining an 18-2 edge in penalty corners. Gosslin finished with 11 saves for Ferrum (1-10) as Swain ended with three stops for the Marlins.

Virginia Wesleyan (3-9) plays Wells College (2-7) in a non-conference match-up Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The game will be played at Ferrum College.