Field Hockey Defeats Penn State, 3-1, To Win Season Opener
By ODU Athletics
Aug. 27, 2005
NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior Janelle Engle (Mt. Joy, Pa.) provided the Lady Monarchs with two of their three goals as the Old Dominion field hockey team opened up the 2005 season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Penn State at Foreman Field on Saturday afternoon.
Old Dominion captured a 2-0 lead by intermission thanks to both of Engle's goals stemming from two of the seven Lady Monarch penalty corners in the first half. Juniors Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) and Caroline Nichols (Va. Beach, Va.) registered the assists on the insert and stick stop respectively. The Lady Monarch defense held the Lady Lions to only four shots in the opening half, while firing on the Penn State net 13 times, thwarted by goalkeeper Megan Akstin's eight first half saves.
It was a tale of two halves though as the Lady Lion offense turned on the heat on Old Dominion in the second half as the Lady Monarchs were forced to play defense throughout most of the period. Five minutes into the second half, Penn State managed to draw ODU netminder Mary Cate Gordon (Oreland, Pa.) out of the cage creating an opportunity for reserve Allison Scola to find her way into the back of the net to bring the Lady Lions to within one, 2-1.
Gordon came up with two saves and senior Anna Rogers (New Bloomfield, Pa.) swooped in with a defensive save to keep Penn State at bay the rest of the game. Late in the half, newcomer Nicolien van Nispen (Bilthoven, Holland) broke open down the right side of the turf to round the corner and send a pass across the net to senior Darcy Pinchbeck (Suffolk, Va.) to add an insurance goal for the Lady Monarchs.
Old Dominion outshot their counterparts, 13-4, and held an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Gordon finished the afternoon collecting a total of nine saves while Penn State goalkeeper, Megan Akstin, posted nine saves, including eight in the first half.
The Old Dominion field hockey team will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, August 28th hosting American at 2:00 p.m. Penn State will travel to William & Mary on Sunday for a noon showdown with the Tribe.