Plappert Gives Field Hockey Early 1-0 Lead, But Williams Battles Back to Win 2-1

Plappert Gives Field Hockey Early 1-0 Lead, But Williams Battles Back to Win 2-1

Field Hockey drops a NESCAC match to Williams College, 2-1, on Saturday Oct. 17 at Smith Field. In defeat the Cardinals drop to 2-5 in the NESCAC and 4-8 overall. The victory puts the Ephs at 9-3 and 5-2 in NESCAC play. 

After a back-and-forth opening, Wesleyan settled in and controlled most of the first half. 

The Cardinals capitalized on a penalty corner midway through the first frame when Lauren Yue inserted a low ball to senior captain Hannah Plappert at the top of the circle. Plappert's low blast found its way through the oncoming Ephs and into the back of the net to open the scoring. And give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at 23:01. 

Williams rebounded in the second half with heavy pressure on the Wesleyan defense, forcing senior goaltender Sarah Grundy to make several tough saves to keep the lead intact. The Ephs broke through midway through the latter half when Annie Van Wagenen slid a centering pass from the right side of the circle that found the waiting stick of Julianna Kostas to know the score at one apiece at 43:08. 

The Cardinals called a timeout but Williams continued its offensive momentum, earning three consecutive corners, but the Cardinals defense held strong and limited quality scoring opportunities.

Williams claimed the lead after Grundy turn aside a Van Wagenen shot. Kate Pattison collected the ball at the top of the circle for Williams, sending a ball back towards the net. Meredith Wright took advantage of the scramble situation and was able to find an opening beside Grundy to give the Ephs a 2-1 edge at 56:57. 

Wesleyan battled to find the equalizer in the closing minutes of the half, earning three consecutive penalty corners, but Margaret Draper and the Williams defense held strong to cling to the 2-1 lead as the final buzzer sounded.

Grundy registered a strong game in net for the Cardinals, turning aside 10 shots including six first-half saves to keep Williams off the board for the first 43 minutes of play. Draper was forced to make two saves in the cage for Williams.

Welseyan next faces Trinity in Hartford on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6pm. Williams faces Hamilton at home on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6pm.