Castleton University’s field hockey team pushed its winning streak to three games behind two goals from Sarah Wells against Thomas College on Saturday.
On a warm October afternoon at Spartan Stadium, Wells’ two goals would have been enough, but the team added two more on the way to a 4-1 victory.
The terriers applied pressure early and kept the ball on the Spartan side of the pitch. But the early pressure did not slow Spartan junior Sarah Wells as she broke away from Thomas defenders and snuck an early goal past the terrier’s goalie, notching her first goal of the game.
But soon after, Tiffany Weeks of Thomas crossed in front of the Castleton goalie and fired a shot that found the back of the net, evening the game at 1-1. The Terriers also had two good looks at the goal on breakaways midway through the first half, but both attempts were squandered by the tough Spartan defense.
In the 24th minute of the first half, however, the lead would change for good. Allison Lowel found Wells in front of the net on a perfectly placed cross.
“Building momentum,” is what Wells said she had on her mind as she put her second goal of the game past the Thomas goalie. Building momentum is exactly what she did
As the second half started, the momentum stayed with the Spartans. Thomas had trouble getting things started on the offensive side of the ball, and most their touches came around mid-field.
Gabriella Hunt scored another for Castleton in the 55th minute of play on an assist from Megan Ryan.
As the fog began to set in on Spartan Stadium, Emily Lowell entered the game to take a penalty shot. She fired off a shot that hit Thomas goalie MacKenzie Oberholzer. It ricocheted off her and found the back of the goal. This pushed the Spartan lead to 4-1 where it would stay for the remainder of the game
“It was a personal victory, and a great team win” said Spartan coach Jessica Kischko, with a big smile on her face. The Spartans improve to 2-1 in league play and 8-6 overall
The team returns to action Thursday night, as they travel to the Granite state to take on the Keene State Owls.