WASHINGTON - A second-half goal from freshman Aidan Rossman pulled the American University field hockey team to a 1-0 win over Bucknell in Friday's Patriot League semifinal game as the Eagles advance to the championship against No. 1-seed and host Boston University at noon on Sunday.
AU is now 9-8 overall this season and closed the regular season with a 4-2 record in the Patriot League with losses to BU and Lafayette. The Terriers, who clinched a late 2-1 win over Lafayette to move on, are 11-7 on the season and led the conference during the regular season with an undefeated 6-0 record.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first half proved to be a midfield battle with both teams fighting for looks at goal.
- The Eagles nearly took an early lead after sophomore Noor Coenen fed in a blazing shot after AU's first corner of the game, but the goal was called back by the officials as a dangerous play.
- AU had another pair of good looks before the break with a wide shot from senior Rafaela Rubas and another from sophomore Lauren Fredricks that was picked up by the Bucknell goalkeeper.
- American's offense laid on the pressure from the start in the second half as freshman Hannah Moser and Coenen both put up shots within the first five minutes of play.
- The Eagles put up five more shots before Rossman finally got AU on the board.
- Rossman capitalized on a scramble in front of the net after an AU penalty corner, picking up the rebound after a shot from Rubas was blocked to earn her fourth career goal and first game-winner in the AU uniform.
- Although the Bison made some dangerous offensive pushes throughout the final 15 minutes of play, they were unable to break through AU defensive line as the Eagles maintained the one-goal advantage.
- The two top goalkeepers in the league certainly didn't disappoint, as AU senior Maura Jacobs picked up four saves and Bucknell's Olivia Harris earned five.
- AU led the Bison in shots, 12-8, and penalty corners, 9-3.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"We are very happy with our performance today. We had a great effort throughout against a very strong Bucknell team. We knew it was going to be a tight game and we are very excited to advance to the final."
The Eagles will return to New Balance Field in Boston, Mass., at noon on Sunday to battle against No. 24 Boston University for the Patriot League title.
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