SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College field hockey team was defeated by the visiting Saints of Limestone College on Wednesday evening at Old Spartan High and Vikings Field. Limestone posted three goals in the first half and one in the second to take the 4-0 win.
Score: Converse 0, Limestone 4
Records: Converse (0-6, 0-4), Limestone (5-2, 3-1)
Location: Vikings Field, Old Spartan High, Spartanburg, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Aleyah Bonaventura and Kira Martinez led the Valkyries with two shots each.
- Neyla Medina was also able to tally a shot, just missing her first collegiate goal.
- Ciriaca Petitto played all 60 minutes in goal, collecting 14 saves.
- Limestone led 25-5 shots and 7-1 on penalty corners.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Limestone was able to strike early after Kelly Diplock collected a rebound off of a previous shot in the fourth minute of action and snuck it past the Valkyrie keeper for the 1-0 lead. That lead doubled at the 9:50 mark of the opening quarter following a Riley DeGrace unassisted goal.
The Valkyries defense settled down after the Saints' second goal, not allowing Limestone to play much on the offensive end over the majority of the second quarter. However, just minutes before halftime, Thando Muchemenyi tacked on a score to send LC into the locker room leading by three.
The third quarter was a defensive battle as neither team could gain any momentum on the positive side of the field. Converse had several opportunities to cut into the lead but were unable to do so, sending the game into the final period with the same score as halftime.
Converse was able to fire off a few shots in the final period, but unable to find the back of the box while Bellarmine added an additional goal with less than two minutes to play to win the contest by the score of 4-0.
Converse will play host to Newberry College on Saturday, September 28. That contest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.