MERION STATION, PA 9/16/2012 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks Field hockey team broke a 1 – 1 tie with two goals scored by Sophomore forward Jordan Martin within 56 seconds to earn a 3 – 1 victory over the Siena Saints at Ryan Field.
“It was nice and those plays were well executed,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Michelle Finegan about the back to back goals.
“We have been stressing to our team to get the ball into the circle and get a corner or a shot. We got a lot of corners with the offensive opportunities that we had.”
Saint Joseph’s took a 1 – 0 lead late in the first half as Senior forward Jordan Cotter scored a transition goal with 5 seconds left in the half. Siena tied the game less than two minutes into the second half as forward Jessica Smith put one home. Saint Joseph’s kept the pressure on Siena. Off a Penalty Corner Jordan scored the game winning goal on assists from Senior midfielder Meghan Githens and Senior Back Abby Hoover. The same trio struck again at 49:38 to give Saint Joseph’s the insurance goal.
“They were just corner shots,” Martin said. “They were just good hard shots, one from the right corner, the other to the left. We had to concentrate and execute on our corners.”
The Hawks had an 18 – 4 edge over Siena in Penalty Corners. By keeping the pressure on Siena it allowed Saint Joseph’s to generate offense. Saint Joseph’s had 29 shots in the game compared to 7 for Siena. Martin and Sophomore forward Nicole Gerdes had shot shots each.
With the win the Hawks broke a five game losing streak. They have four consecutive home games in front of them, and go into that stretch ending the streak and gaining some renewed confidence.
“It’s really important as we were starting to get a little discouraged, so this is a nice pick me up,” said Martin. “Everyone had a good game, it was fun out there, so it’s good to carry into the
next week of games.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian