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Kate Bruce’s goal in double overtime led the Indiana University of Pennsylvania field hockey team to a 2-1 victory Friday night against Slippery Rock University.
Bruce (senior, business management) buried a shot from in front of the net in the 97th minute to beat Slippery Rock goalkeeper Carlee Dumars. The goal came with less than four minutes left to play.
Jessica Kida (sophomore, nuclear medicine) started off the scoring when she took a pass from Bruce and buried her eighth goal of the year into The Rock’s cage for a 1-0 lead just over 12 minutes into the game.
Four minutes later, Slippery Rock leveled the score when Megan McKay converted on Slippery Rock’s only shot of the half.
IUP was not able to break the deadlock in the first half with shots from Bruce, Jillian Duld (senior, physical therapy) and Casey McGowan (junior, physical education) turned away by The Rock’s defense. Dumars had nine saves on the day for Slippery Rock and was under constant pressure from the Crimson Hawks.
The score would remain tied 1-1 until Bruce’s winner late in the second overtime. Darian Shuker (junior, business) recorded three saves on the day.
The victory for the Crimson Hawks marks their second straight road win in overtime, as they beat Mansfield University 3-2 Tuesday. The team is well-acquainted with streaks after the way the season’s gone.
After opening the season with an 18-1 victory over Newberry College in South Carolina, IUP dropped six straight contests then countered with a two-game winning streak, which included a home victory over Slippery Rock Oct. 2. From there, the Crimson Hawks lost three more in a row before the victory over Mansfield and now Slippery Rock again for their current two-game winning streak.
During this streaky season, IUP has been consistent in two aspects of the game.
First, IUP rarely scores first in their games. The Crimson Hawks went a string of seven straight contests where they found themselves behind on the scoreboard.
This was not the case Friday, as the Bruce-to-Kida combination gave IUP a rare early lead.
The second aspect that IUP has been very consistent with this season has been their ability to out-shoot opponents and regularly earn more penalty corners.
This part of the Crimson Hawks game is “extremely disappointing,” according to McGowan
“Scoring right now is the weakest aspect [of our team],” McGowan said. “We work so hard to maintain possession, but we can’t finish.”
On Friday, IUP out-shot Slippery Rock to the tune of 23-6. IUP also held a 14-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Despite all the pressure IUP consistently puts on their opponents, goals have been few and far between for the team. This is the fourth straight game IUP has taken double digit penalty corners, while their opponents have been held to less than 10.
IUP, now 5-9 on the season, will return to action Thursday when they host Bellarmine University at 4 p.m.