Aug 31, 2014
Natalie Konerth scored the game's lone goal late in the first half and No. 19 American withstood a flurry of penalty corners to score a 1-0 victory over ninth-ranked Old Dominion in a field hockey match Sunday at Jacobs Field.
The win evened the Eagles record at 1-1, while the Monarchs fell to 0-2.
Jess Davis took a shot from the right side of the net that was saved by ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept. Konerth corralled the rebound in front and shot to the left side past a diving Hept with 5:23 left in the first half.
ODU had held a decided positional and shots advantage (5-0) before the flurry deep in the Monarchs end. The Monarchs finished the game with an 11-6 edge in shots.
"It's always really important for a team to rebound from a loss so we can get our confidence back," AU head coach Steve Jennings mentioned about a 4-1 loss to Richmond on Friday.
"We know the beginning of the season is a tough stretch where a team is learning to play together. We showed a lot of progress today."
In the second half, the Monarchs earned a flurry of penalty corners. Four came in a three-minute stretch, with the Eagles keeping the ball out of harms way.
AU goalkeeper Kate McBeath finished with six saves in earning the victory, aided greatly by strong defense on the corners.
Jennings felt the Eagles had made progress since the loss to Richmond in which the Spiders had three goals in a four-minute stretch of the second half. But AU weathered the storm against the Monarchs.
"We would have liked to not give up so many penalty corners (six in the second half)," Jennings said. "But with Kate in goal and the rest of the defense, they played very well."
American is off until next Friday when it plays host to St. Joseph's in the first round of the AU Tournament at 3 p.m.