On Saturday, the Maroon’s field hockey team rallied to win 2-1 over Rhodes College at home in overtime. Roanoke improved to 5-3 on the season.
Rhodes came out strong in the opening few minutes of the game, forcing Maroon goalkeeper Heather Schauder to save two shots on goal within a few seconds of each other. The assault continued and, within the first two minutes, Rhodes snuck one past Schauder on the right side. With the goal, Rhodes took an early lead, but this early score ended up being their only point in the match.
Rhodes kept pushing in the first period with four more shots on goal, though they failed to score. The Maroons offense struggled in the first half, taking only two shots early in the period, both of which were easy saves for Rhodes’ goalkeeper. Roanoke started to find momentum in the closing minutes but were unable to score. The first period ended with Rhodes leading 1-0.
Again, Rhodes came out strong in the second half with several shots on goal. The first ten minutes saw two aggressive teams engaged in back-and-forth offense. Two Rhodes players received yellow cards as well as Roanoke’s Kestrel T-Kaunelis during a few heated exchanges. Despite their intensity, Roanoke continued to struggle to stimulate their offense. The Maroons had no shots on goal for a majority of thethe period. Luckily Rhodes wasn’t able to convert any of their shots during this time, thanks to Schauder’s six saves in the period.
However, in the 67th minute, Roanoke’s offense finally showed some light. Emily McQueen scored a goal into the left side of the net with an assist from Katerina DeSimone. This tied the game 1-1. Neither team was able to score in the closing minutes, forcing the game into overtime.
Roanoke continued their momentum from the second period into the golden goal overtime. McQueen ended the game after only three minutes of overtime, this time assisted by Shelbi Holloman. The final score saw the Maroons winning 2-1.
Schauder was no doubt the most valuable player of the game. She managed to keep the Maroons in the game despite their trouble on offense. She totaled twelve saves, only allowing one early goal. Without her strength in net, McQueen would have never had the opportunity to perform her late game heroics to secure a Maroon victory. Of the five total shots on goal for the Maroons, she was responsible for two and converted both.
This was an encouraging, bounce-back win for the Maroons who had been crushed two days earlier by Christopher Newport 6-0.
Be sure to come out at 2 pm this Saturday to support the Maroons against Shenandoah University (3-4, 1-0 in ODAC) at Kerr Stadium. There is a lot at stake in this match because the Maroons have yet to win an ODAC game this season.