Knodt and Soares Spark Field Hockey Comeback

UNION, N.J. (9/28/13) – The Kean University field hockey team scored twice at the end of the first half to erase a 1-0 deficit and win their second game in 17 hours – a 2-1 victory over Washington and Lee University. Senior Julie Knodt scored both goals and classmate Stephanie Soares had both assists to lead the Cougars.

All three goals on Saturday came from penalty corners. The Generals scored first; the initial shot came from Lauren Boone but Kean's Marissa Robinson was there for the defensive save. The rebound came right to Sydney Tomaso, however, and the sophomore buried it for the score.

Less than two minutes later, the Cougars answered back on their own corner play. Soares inserted the ball to Knodt at the top of the circle. Knodt teed it up and fired the ball past the sprawling W & L goalie to knot the game at one.

With less than a minute to go in the first half, Soares (pictured left) and Knodt ran a nearly identical play off of a penalty corner. It was not particularly crafty – another bomb from the top of the circle – but it was devastatingly effective as the ball hit the hardwood for Kean's second goal.

The Cougar defense went on to dominate the second half and did not allow Washington and Lee to get a single shot off in the period. As is its custom, Kean took the overwhelming majority of penalty corners in the game as well (13 to 2).

The best scoring chance for either side in the second half came with 16 minutes to go. Freshman Bridgette Bottinelli dribbled in deep on the left side and got off two close-range shots, but neither one found paydirt.

Katie DiCarlo earned her 10th win of the season between the pipes for the Cougars and made two saves on the day.

Kean will remain at home for its next game and host FDU-Florham on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.