By Brandon Wentz
Kutztown’s women’s field hockey team came out firing on all cylinders Friday in their well-rounded defeat of Newberry College. The final score was 6-3 and five different players notched goals for the Golden Bears in a balanced team effort. The victory at University Field brought KU’s record to 2-1 in the early season.
Junior and captain Anna Behm helped scored a goal off an assist from Madison Wampler four minutes into the match. The Golden Bears never gave up the lead and showed their excellent team chemistry early and often.
“This was a total team effort today,” said Head Coach Marci Scheuing. “We got out to a fast start, our second unit played the entire second half and I think they did a great job of stepping in and creating chemistry right away. Especially coming off the Bloomsburg victory, we really wanted to win this one today.”
The girls padded their lead with a goal by Madison Dworak 17 minutes in. KU lost their shutout two minutes later when Kaycie Andrew put Newberry on the board. Then in the 25th minute, the Golden Bears scored again when Courtney Konowal found the back of the net from in front of the cage.
This was not the last goal of the half for Kutztown, as Behm scored her second goal of the game – and her fifth in three games – in the 34th minute, concluding the first half goals.
Kutztown made it clear halftime didn’t lessen their drive to win in the 37th minute when Madison Stewart scored another goal for the Golden Bears. Following Stewart’s score, Megan Tiwold knocked another goal in for KU, their fourth of four unanswered goals that followed Newberry’s first goal of the game.
Newberry scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. Both teams managed to register 18 shots, but despite the results of the game Newberry led Kutztown in shots on goal (13-12).
The Golden Bears will look for their third victory when they play Millersville on Saturday Sept. 13 in Millersville. That game will begin at 12pm.