DOVER, Del. - After going seven games without a goal, the Wesley College Field Hockey team netted four goals to earn a 4-2 win over Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday afternoon in Dover.
Lauren Niezgoda contributed to all four goals, scoring twice and dishing off a pair of assists to lead the Wolverines to victory. Allison Perugini added a goal and an assist while Morgan Seymour scored her first of the year as well. Sidney Knott earned the win, making two saves in the first half while Makenzie McIntyre made seven saves in the second half for the Navy and White.
Wesley struck first, breaking their drought just 5:05 into the game. Emily Wagner came down the right side and fired a long ball into the attacking zone. Perugini collected the ball and centered it to Niezgoda who batted it in to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.
Later in the half, Virginia Wesleyan struck back when Asiah Allen beat a defender down the right flank and found Taylor Wilhelm for the goal to level the score in the 20th minute.
Wesley struck twice more before the halftime whistle though, with Niezgoda coming away with another goal just over five minutes later. Taylor Timmons broke free for a shot that forced the goalie to make a diving, stacked-pads save. Niezgoda sprinted in to the loose ball and chipped the sprawled keeper for her second goal of the game, making it 2-1.
With just four seconds left in the half, Niezgoda dished off her first assist of the game. The senior pushed the ball forward, aware of the winding clock, and found fellow senior Allison Perugini, who one-timed the ball past the keeper for the score before the first half expired, giving Wesley a 3-1 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Wolverines held off the Marlins as they increased their offensive pressure. Makenzie McIntyre was tested early and often, but came up with several clutch saves in the final stanza.
In the 48th minute, Wesley added some much-needed insurance to their lead. Niezgoda inserted a penalty corner to Morgan Seymour at the top of the arc. Seymour cranked back and ripped a bullet into the corner of the goal, her first of the year, giving Wesley a 4-1 edge. The Marlins scored with just under 14 minutes left to play, but it wouldn't be enough to catch the Wolverines as the Navy and White earned the 4-2 victory.
Wesley moves to 2-11 on the year and will return to action on Sunday, October 9 when they host Frostburg State in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup.