NEWARK, Del. -- Despite being outshot and having to defend more penalty corners, the University of Delaware field hockey team defeated William & Mary, 3-1, in its opening match of the Colonial Athletic Association schedule Friday night at Rullo Stadium.
Delaware (6-5, 1-0 CAA) was outshot 12-7 and William & Mary (6-3, 1-2 CAA) finished with more penalty corners by a 9-7 margin, but it was the Blue Hens who took advantage of their opportunities.
Sophomore Kasey Prettyman (above right)tallied two goals, including the game-winner in the 52nd minute. Both of her goals came as the result of being at the right place at the right time with her stick on the ground.
“I saw (Rebecca) Pepper hit the ball right down the middle of the field and I just reached my stick out and tipped it in,” Prettyman said, describing her first goal that surprised the defense and Tribe goalkeeper Camilla Hill. “The second goal was a play to the right post so I just stood there and tipped it in; it was a great ball by Kelsey (McKee).”
Prettyman’s game-winner came off a perfect penalty corner setup as the entire defense shifted towards McKee, who was set to take the shot from the top of the circle. Sitting on the right post, Prettyman was able to redirect the pass into the wide-open cage for the 2-1 lead.
McKee (below right) finished off the Tribe with 5:48 left on the clock off another penalty corner. Carley Hecht inserted the ball to Kayla Schweitzer, who controlled the pass with a stick stop. A short pass to McKee set up the low, hard shot, beating Hill to her left side.
Both of Delaware’s second half goals came while playing in a man-up situation. The Tribe’s Leah Zamesnik and Ashley Kyle each received 10-minute yellow cards to give the Blue Hens the extra advantage.
Kyle tied the game at 1-1 in the first half with a goal from three yards out directly in front of the cage. Jess Ebner dribbled down the left end line and shoveled a pass in front, giving Kyle the chance to even the score.
The CAA schedule gives the Blue Hens a chance to start the season over, and the team is taking advantage of the opportunity.
“I feel like the non-conference games before this were just preparing us for how we were going to play now (in the CAA) and I think we’re ready,” Prettyman said.
Delaware goalkeeper Noelle Diana made four saves to pick up the win while Hill made three saves for the Tribe.
The Blue Hens return to Rullo Stadium on Sunday, October 2, as they welcome the nation's top-ranked team, Old Dominion, for another CAA battle starting at 1 p.m.
William & Mary…...1…0…1
Scoring Summary: First Half – Delaware – Prettyman (4) (Rebecca Pepper), 9:28; William & Mary – Kyle (2) (Ebner), 24:30; Second Half – Delaware – Prettyman (5) (McKee), 51:20; Delaware – McKee (6) (Hecht, Schweitzer), 64:21.
Shots: Delaware 7, William & Mary 12; Penalty Corners: Delaware 7, William & Mary 9; Saves: Delaware 4 (Diana), William & Mary 3 (Hill).