GAFFNEY — Newberry trailed Limestone by a single goal with 12 minutes remaining, but the homestanding Saints pulled away with two tallies late in the second half to earn a hard-fought 3-0 victory in Eastern College Athletic Conference play Friday evening.
The Wolves (1-3, 1-1 ECAC) applied pressure early in both halves and nearly pulled even with Limestone (2-3, 1-1 ECAC), the nation’s 10th-ranked team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll and ECAC coaches’ poll preseason favorites, in the opening moments of the second stanza.
Over a span of nearly five minutes just after the intermission, the Wolves earned four corners and fired off five shots. Limestone goalkeeper Tabria Cochran was forced to save two attempts from Caitlyn Warren and another by Kristyna Oyola before a Warren effort ricocheted off the post and in front of the goal. Kayla Cooke ripped a shot wide that ended the Wolves’ best scoring chance of the evening.
Newberry’s one-goal deficit came after Limestone capitalized on a first-half opportunity. Newberry saw the first scoring chance of the game roll wide of the net, but Limestone’s Kate Norman responded by notching her first goal of the season off a pass from Jette Dieckmann in the 10th minute.
The Saints looked to extend their lead moments later, but Dakota Elzy was up to the task. Her two saves in under a minute kept the Saints off the board, while Mariah Lee provided an 18th-minute team defensive save to end the scoring threat.
Two goals in a 1:27 span late in the second half delivered the knockout blow for Limestone. Kate Remley doubled the Saints’ lead in the 59th minute off a pass from Marina Jozokos, while a Maria Patterson goal in the 60th minute made the advantage 3-0. Limestone’s defense didn’t allow another shot attempt throughout the remainder of the contest.
Newberry was paced by Warren, who placed half of her four shots on target. Oyola and Cooke gave the Wolves their other two scoring chances, while Elzy tallied a game-high nine saves. The Saints had three different goal scorers and seven players record a shot on frame.
The Wolves are 1-1 in their first two games of a six-game road swing that lasts into October, including picking up the program’s first-ever conference victory at Belmont Abbey Wednesday. Newberry will have the week off before back-to-back games at Bellarmine and Lindenwood.
This release was provided by Newberry College.