By Tyler Hofmann-Reardon
This past Saturday, the Roanoke Maroons field hockey team faced off against the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College in a critical ODAC matchup. The Maroons entered the game with an impressive 4-3 overall record, but with a loss in their only previous ODAC game. Randolph Macon entered with a completely different story, boasting a miserable record of 0-6 overall and 0-1 in ODAC play. However, with both teams looking to even their conference record, the game was set to be a tough matchup for both schools.
The first half began and Roanoke immediately took control of the field and kept up constant pressure on the Yellow Jackets’ defense. Despite their efforts, the Maroons fired shot after shot but were unable to find the net on any of their eight shots of the first half. However, this did not appear to be a problem, seeing as Randolph-Macon’s offense was nearly non-existent.
Despite their inability to create a steady offensive attack, the Yellow Jackets were undoubtedly fast and managed to break through the Maroon’s defense on a few possessions. Unfortunately, one of these fast breaks led to a goal, and the Maroons found themselves down 1-0 going into halftime.
The second half began with a complete turnaround for both teams offensively. Realizing they had a speed advantage, the Yellow Jackets recreated their offense in the second half to set up the fast break while the Maroons offense stalled. Clearly dominating the time of possession, the Yellow Jackets bombarded the Maroons defense with fifteen shots on goal in the second half.
Blindsided by the sudden offensive spurt of their opponent, the Maroons stumbled and allowed two quick goals, an unusual sight for the girls’ typically stonewall defense. Without any steady offensive pressure, Roanoke only managed seven shots on goal, many of which seemed to be desperation shots. Despite their struggles, the Maroons never let up, and the entire team fought hard until the very end.
As a disappointing second half came to a close, the final horn sounded and the Yellow Jackets came out on top with a 3-0 victory over the Maroons. With the loss, Roanoke moved to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in ODAC contests and Randolph-Macon received their first ODAC and overall win.