FIELD HOCKEY | Georgetown Sees Mixed Results on Missouri Trip
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 00:09
Georgetown’s field hockey team (2-4) rebounded in the second leg of its Missouri swing, defeating St. Louis, 4-1, on Sunday after falling, 2-0, to Missouri State Saturday.
The Hoyas played solid defense in their first game of the weekend, holding the Bears (2-3) scoreless for 59 minutes before two Missouri State goals, scored less than two minutes apart, broke the contest open at the 60-minute mark.
The Blue and Gray’s offense was better than the final score suggests, with Georgetown outshooting Missouri State, 12-8. Senior forward Catherine Shugrue took six shots, with senior midfielder Katy Wingo and freshman midfielder Emily Weinberg tallying two apiece.
A barrage of shots, however, was not enough, as shaky goaltending meant the Hoyas came up short. Missouri State keeper Andrea Bain notched six saves on the afternoon, while Georgetown senior goalie Briana Pereira had just two.
Despite the disappointment of their fourth straight loss, the team came out strong against the Billikens (1-6) on Sunday.
Senior midfielder Kimberly Keating, the team’s leading scorer, notched the first goal of the game just five minutes in. Freshman midfielder Meghan Murphy then earned her first-ever collegiate goal off a pass from senior midfielder Lauren Thistle.
Shugrue also shook off the frustration of Saturday’s game, joining in the scoring barrage to help Georgetown amass a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
“It was our best overall game of the season. The team stuck to the game plan and played as a cohesive unit,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said in a statement.
The Hoyas kept control of the contest in the second half, with Shugrue connecting on a pass to fellow senior forward Annie Wilson for Georgetown’s fourth goal of the game. Although the otherwise hapless St. Louis managed to put one point on the scoreboard, Pereira and her five saves gave her opponent no chance to recover.
While the Blue and Gray cannot be happy with their record thus far, they are only one win away from equaling last year’s win total. After playing on the road three weekends in a row, the Hoyas get a crack against Providence — the only Big East team they beat last season — in their first home game.
Without a permanent home on campus, the field hockey team is moving its home field from American University to the University of Maryland this season. The Hoyas will make their debut in College Park when they take on the Friars at 4 p.m. Friday.