MEDFORD - Senior Dakota Sikes-Keilp hammered home the game-winning goal on a corner after time had expired giving the #16 Tufts Field Hockey team a 2-1 victory over #14 Christopher Newport University on Monday afternoon at Bello Field.
|Maggie Chapman scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner|
After the Jumbos earned their 11th and final corner of the game with the second-half clock ticking down to zero, senior Maggie Chapman inserted to Sikes-Keilp. Her low blast went in and the Jumbos stormed the field.
The Captains, visiting Medford from Newport News, Virginia in a showdown of national top 20 teams, had taken a 1-0 lead 17 minutes into play. Freshman Rachael Allshouse moved in from the right side of the goal and struck a bouncing ball into the cage for a 1-0 Christopher Newport lead.
Tufts, who had an early opportunity by senior tri-captain Rachel Terveer go just wide, would control possession late in the first half. Despite Tufts advantages of 7-1 in shots and 4-0 in corners after 35 minutes of play, the visitors led 1-0 at intermission.
Early in the second half, CNU junior goalie Bailey Lien preserved the lead at the time with a stop of a Sikes-Keilp blast off a corner. However, the Jumbos would get the equalizer off another corner try. Sikes-Keilp shuffled the ball to the right post where Chapman controlled it and scored eight minutes into the period for a 1-1 tie.
The Captains would put together a sustained offensive threat in the middle of the second half. Off a corner at the 20-minute mark, Tufts freshman goalie Emily Polinski had to make two solid saves off shots by freshman Cori Black and sophomore Mackenzie Neylon to keep the game tied.
The Jumbos would survive a pair of cards, including a yellow which had them down a player for five minutes. The Captains again threatened, with a shot by senior Lauren Cheatham stopped by Polinski.
The Jumbos would regain momentum with three corners in the final six minutes leading up to the game-winning goal.
Polinski made three saves overall as Tufts improved to 8-3. The hosts earned a 14-7 advantage in shots and 11-2 on corners for the game.
Lien made a pair of saves in each half for four total as the Captains dropped to 9-2.
Tufts hits the road for the next three starting Thursday at Wellesley (4 pm). The Captains are at Denison on Saturday starting at 11 am.