SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Freshman Aleyah Bonaventura posted her second goal of the season, but it was not enough as the Valkyries field hockey team dropped a tough 2-1 decision versus Queens (N.C.) on Thursday evening.
Score: Queens (N.C.) 2, Converse 1
Records: Queens (N.C.) (7-4, 6-1), Converse (1-10, 1-8)
Location: Vikings Field, Old Spartan High, Spartanburg, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Morgan Berndt led the Vals with two shots.
- Bo Linders posted an assist on Bonaventura's goal.
- Aleyah Bonaventura tallied her first collegiate goal.
- After a lopsided total just four days ago, Converse was edged in total shots, 9-5.
- Jacqueline Wadsley collected four saves on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After giving up three goals in the first period to Queens four days ago, the Valkyries defense stiffened to start the rematch, not allowing the Royals to establish any kind of offensive momentum. However, with less than two minutes to play in the opening frame, Queens tacked on the first score following a penalty corner.
The Royals were able to double its lead in the 28th minute after a goal by Gabe Lechner. The rest of the period was a wash as QU took the advantage into the locker room.
Converse looked poised to break through on the scoreboard after earning four consecutive penalty corners to begin the second half. However, a trio of shots by the Valkyries were knocked away by the keeper.
That all changed at the 42:50 mark of the contest. Following another penalty corner for Converse, Linders found Bonaventura in front of the cage and she blasted the shot into the back of the box, cutting the deficit in half heading to the fourth period.
Unfortunately, the fourth period was a defensive stalemate as each team was only able to post one shot each during the 15-minute session.
Converse will head to Saint Charles, Missouri on Saturday, October 12, facing Lindenwood University in non-conference action. That contest is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.