Field Hockey Drops Opener to Richmond

Senior Grace Wilson scored the game's first goal but Richmond scored four unanswered goals to earn a 4-1 victory in a non-conference field hockey match Friday at Jacobs Field. 

The game was the season-opener for each team.
 
Wilson took a corner from Natalie Konerth and scored at 16:06. Six minutes later, Rebecca Barry scored when a ball got loose in traffic, and the tie score remained until halftime.
 
The Eagles had two goals disallowed in the first half that could have given them an advantage.
 
"We were stronger in the first half, but we didn't capitalize," said AU head coach Steve Jennings. "We'll look to get more consistent with covering our defensive zones.
 
Richmond then scored three goals in a span of four minutes to take a comfortable lead.
 
"I thought we got a little rushed and frantic for a short time," said Jennings. "They were able to capitalize on their chances."
 
Avery Safford converted from in front, Allison Siegel scored in transition and Kelly Quinn scored on a rebound off a penalty corner to put the Spiders ahead 4-1 with 16:26 left.
 
American held a 12-11 edge in shots. 
 
Spiders goalkeeper Kelley Wentling made five saves, while Katie McBeath had a pair of saves for the Eagles.
 
American hosts ninth-ranked Old Dominion on Sunday at 1 p.m.