LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 19 University of Louisville field hockey team scored two goals in the final 14 minutes of the game to overcome a 1-0 deficit and defeat Northeastern 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium. UofL improves to 6-2 while Northeastern drops to 3-4 on the season.
“We got a win and that’s a great thing, but the process leading up to that was disappointing,” said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. “Credit Northwestern, they knocked us out of our game, but at the same time, we showed horrendous discipline. The first half we did not play anything like we wanted to play - or the way we normally play. The second half, we did make some improvements."
The Huskies got on the scoreboard early when Lindsay Bennett connected on a rebound from Natalie Stewart’s shot to make the score 1-0 at the 4:37 mark in the game.
Northeastern entered the break with the 1-0 lead after outshooting Louisville 8-4 and holding a 3-2 edge in penalty corners. Louisville goalkeeper sophomore Sydney King held the Huskies at bay with six saves in the first half.
The Cards regrouped during the break and opened the second half on the attack, outshooting the Huskies 9-1 and holding an 8-0 corner advantage in the half. After drawing four corners and firing off four shots Louisville through with a goal at the 56:10 mark in the game. Senior Kelsey Rosenmeier sent a pass from the right side of the circle to Erin Schneidtmiller who was waiting on the far post to send a shot past Northeastern goalkeeper Becky Garner. Schneidtmiller’s fourth goal of the season tied the game at 1-1.
Louisville continued to attack, drawing three more corners with less than eight minute remaining in the game and finally converted when junior Alyssa Voelmle registered her team-best fifth goal of the season with 6:17 left on the clock. Schneidtmiller and junior Paige Monsen earned the penalty corner assists.
With the Cards leading 2-1 and 2:15 remaining in the game, the Huskies pulled their goalie in favor of an additional field player, but Louisville held on for its sixth win of the season.
In the game, the Cardinals outshot the Huskies 13-9 and out-cornered them 10-3. King (6-2) collected seven saves while Northeastern's Becky Garner had six stops.
Louisville (6-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) returns to action on Sept. 28 with a trip to College Park, Md., to face Georgetown in a BIG EAST Conference matchup.