SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College field hockey team could not hold an early lead as it dropped a non-conference contest to Frostburg St. on Saturday afternoon. The Valkyries posted the first score of the contest, but FSU tallied the final two, including the golden goal in the first overtime, securing the win.
Score: Frostburg St. 2, Converse 1
Records: Frostburg St. (1-12), Converse (1-12)
Location: Vikings Field, Old Spartan High, Spartanburg, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Bo Linders led the Valkyries with two shots, including the lone score for the Purple and Gold.
- Bella Pistilli registered an assist on the day.
- Jacqueline Wadsley collected three saves in goal, while allowing two scores.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The initial 30 minutes of the contest were difficult for both teams as neither could get anything going on the offensive end of the field. Converse tried to break the scoreless tie in the 12th minute following a penalty corner, but Linders' shot was blocked and cleared.
After not posing a threat in the opening 15, Frostburg St. was presented an opportunity at the 16:50 mark. The Bobcats earned a penalty corner, but Sam Coffey's shot was beautifully saved by Wadsley. That would send the game into the halftime scoreless.
A series of fouls started the third period and one of those fouls lead to a penalty corner for the Valkyries. Unlike Converse's earlier attempts, this PK proved much different as Kiersten Bangit served a great ball into the box and Pistilli found Linders, who blasted the ball into the back of the goal.
The remaining third quarter was uneventful and CC headed into the fourth with the one-goal lead. However, that lead did not last long as Brooke Lafayette put the Bobcats on the board. Frostburg St. earned four consecutive penalty corner and was finally able to break through on the fourth one.
The contest looked as if it would go into the second overtime, but with just 44 ticks remaining, Gabby Rachuba collected a blocked ball and snuck it past the keeper and into the back of the net, giving FSU the win.
Converse will host Coker tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.