ITHACA, N.Y. – Utilizing a stout defensive effort, the American University field hockey team earned a 1-0 road victory over 19th-ranked Cornell on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 6-5 overall on the season, while Big Red fell to 8-2 overall, snapping a seven-game winning streak. The victory marks the third win over a ranked opponent for American this season.
AU got on the board nearly 22 minutes into the game with a score from junior Jess Davis, who converted off a shot that bounced off a defender. While Cornell outshot American 7-2 in the opening half, the Big Red were unable to come up with a goal, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the half.
Led by its defensive effort, which posted its sixth shutout of the year, American continued to retain control of the contest, keeping Cornell off the scoreboard throughout the second half. Junior goalkeeper Kate McBeath had an outstanding performance in the net, recording six saves, including five in the first half alone.
"We're really proud of our effort today against a very strong Cornell team," said American head coach Steve Jennings. "The team really just played strong, together, focused hockey and we were able to capitalize on a great finish by Jess Davis in the first half that gave us enough momentum to carry the day.
American continues its five-game road stretch next weekend, as it visits Patriot League foe Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 11.