Slippery Rock University’s women’s field hockey team topped the Belmont Abbey Crusaders of Belmont, North Carolina on Sept. 8th at a neutral site called Cary Street in Richmond, Virginia. That neutral site, where The Rock won 2-1, is where Virginia Commonwealth University plays their games.
After a scoreless first half, Belmont Abbey took the game’s first lead with a goal by freshman forward Camryn Aiello a little more than 45 minutes into the game. Freshman midfielder Sophia Fuege assisted on the goal.
Less than 13 minutes later, senior midfielder Hannah Downing scored an unassisted goal for The Green and White, tying the game up at one. The goal was Downing’s second of the season.
Just less than five minutes after its first goal, The Rock scored the game’s winning goal when sophomore forward Kayla Ulrich scored. Junior midfielder Brenna McGovern-Lind assisted on the play. The goal was Ulrich’s third of the season. Ulrich now is 11th in SRU history with career points at 32.
A notable statistic for the game was The Rock recording 18 total shots in the contest compared to the Crusaders recording seven total shots. Perhaps more remarkable was SRU recording nine penalty corners to the one penalty corner recorded by Belmont Abbey.
Slippery Rock’s record improves to three wins and zero losses on the year whereas Belmont Abbey falls to one win and one loss. Slippery Rock is undefeated through its first three games for the fifth time in program history. If SRU wins its next game, they’ll have won their first four games of the season for only the third time.
The Green and White will play its home opener Wednesday against Washington and Jefferson at Mihalik-Thompson Field at 7:00 PM. The Washington and Jefferson Presidents of Washington, Pennsylvania carry a three-win zero loss record into the game.