Big First Half Leads Mules Past Terriers

Big First Half Leads Mules Past Terriers

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College field hockey team allowed five first half goals en route to a 6-1 defeat against Colby College on Wednesday night at Bernatchez Field.

In the win, the Mules earn their first victory of the season at 1-1 while the Terriers drop their third straight game at 1-3.  Georgia Cassidy finished the game with a hat trick in the first eight minutes of play for Colby.

The Mules offense took advantage on early corner opportunities as they scored two quick goals in under four minutes.  Off of the first corner, Delaney Keithley settled the ball at the top of the circle.  Her hard pass found Cassidy in front as she fired in a shot to the left side for her first of the game.  Two minutes later, Holli Olson settled a corner opportunity up top, finding an open Cassidy again. Cassidy beat Terrier keeper MacKenzie Oberholzer (Greencastle, Pa.) to the right side to give her team a 2-0 lead. 

Cassidy netted her third goal four minutes later as her shot went top shelf after a deep pass from Merel van Gijzen.  Olson added a goal of her own in the 13th minute followed by a goal from Kallie Hutchinson in the 27th to give the Mules a 5-0 lead at the half.

The Terriers got on the board early in the second half on a corner opportunity of their own.  Caitlyn Poulin (Knox, Maine) received the corner pass from Allie Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) and slid the ball up top to Kelci Faulkingham (Belfast, Maine).  Faulkingham's hard shot found the back of the net to end the shutout.  The Mules finished the scoring at 6-1 as Hutchinson added her second of the game in the 60th minute.

Oberholzer was given the loss in goal for Thomas, stopping five shots in the first half.  Leah Kruse (Norridgewock, Maine) came in relief in the second half, turning aside four chances.  Riley Whitmyer made two saves in the victory for the Mules.

Colby outshot Thomas 19-6 and held an 8-6 advantage in corners.

The Terriers will hit the road on Sunday, September 17, as they travel to Mount Holyoke College for an 11:00 a.m. non-conference matchup.