Freshman Esmée Peet Leads Delaware Field Hockey to 4-2 Win Over Previously Unbeaten Central Michigan University
NEWARK, Del. – Freshman Esmée Peet(Zeewolde, The Netherlands) scored the first two goals of her career Friday afternoon as the University of Delaware field hockey team defeated Central Michigan, 4-2, in its home opener at Rullo Stadium.
Peet opened the game with a goal in the third minute of action off of a corner for her first career goal. Sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) added a second goal in the 20th minute to give the Hens a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Delaware (2-1) took a quick 3-0 lead as Peet kicked off the second half with another goal in the 37th minute.
Senior Kasey Prettyman (Newark, Del.) recorded the Hens’ final goal of the afternoon in the 51st minute.
Jordyn Brengosz collected both goals on the day for the Chippewas (2-1) while Sadie Reynolds posted seven saves in goal.
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof – “It’s always nice to start the home season with a win. We had an outstanding first half the way we dominated and really executed our game plan. There were a lot of positive things that came out of this game, but also a lot of things we have to work on for the future. The goals that Esmée was able to score off of were set plays and she has shown us that she is good in those areas, so of course we are going to go to her.”
Freshman Esmée Peet – “It was a great feeling to get my first goals today in front of the home crowd. The team spirit in the United States is so much greater than back home and it’s great to be a part of a team win. It’s always great to win, but we know that we have to make ourselves better and work forward to our goal of a CAA Championship.”
It’s great to play collegiate field hockey, I really like it. The team spirit in the USA is so much greater. It’s everybody as opposed to feeling and everybody wants to win.
Sophomore Allie Mikelson – “I think that getting the first win at home is crucial. We really worked as a team and everyone played a key role in this game. The freshman class really came in this summer in shape, strong and willing to learn and that was helpful in meshing with the returners. I think that that group did an awesome job today. I think that if we keep our heads on right and we don’t worry about our competition, we can really pull together to keep winning.”
- Dating to last season, sophomore Michaela Patzner has recorded at least one goal in four consecutive games, the longest streak of her career.
- Also dating to last season, Patzner has scored at least one point in the last five games.
- Patzner now has 11 career goals, good for third on the team behind Kelsey McKee (20) and Kasey Prettyman (14).
- Senior Heather Hartman (Fredericksburg, Va.) picked up her first assist on the season in the third minute. The assist was the 12th of her career, the most of all active Blue Hens.
- Freshman Esmée Peet finished the game with eight shots, including five on goal.
- Sophomore Jacki Coveleski (Lewes, Del.) also added an assist for the Hens, her second of the season.
- Redshirt freshman Maddie O’Beirne (Vienna, Va.) and senior Clare O’Malley(Summit, N.J.) each added their first assists of the season for Delaware.
- Delaware is 7-9 all-time in home openers at Rullo Stadium.
- Delaware is 75-60 all-time at Rullo Stadium.
- UD now holds a 2-1 all-time series record over the Chippewas.
- Current Delaware assistant coach Kim Kinsella previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Central Michigan.
- Sunday, Sept. 8 – Lafayette at Delaware, 2 p.m., Rullo Stadium
- Friday, Sept. 13 – Temple at Delaware, 7 p.m., Rullo Stadium
- Sunday, Sept. 15 – Michigan State at Delaware, Noon, Rullo Stadium