Field hockey succumbs to Wittenberg’s late rally

field hockey team lined up on field

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Earlham College field hockey and Wittenberg University traded goals back-and-forth for over 60 minutes before a late Tiger score lifted Wittenberg past the Quakers, 3-2, in a North Coast Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday night at Edwards-Maurer Field.

Kayla Cull's unassisted goal with 5:23 showing on the game clock proved to be the difference-maker for Wittenberg.

Earlham (1-2, 0-1 NCAC) picked up two goals from first year Isabelle Bishop – the first coming with 2:05 remaining in the first half off an assist from Sofia Salvatore.

The Quakers carried that lead through the break and into the second half, when the Tigers knotted things up at 1-1 at the 27:44 mark on a penalty corner goal from Blaine Donnelly. Bishop responded for Earlham barely three minutes later off an assist by Denise Bergdolt, putting the Quakers back in front 2-1.

Wittenberg tied the game at 2-2 with 12:20 remaining with an unassisted goal by Flora van den Borne, before Cull's game winner seven minutes later.

Earlham outshot Wittenberg, 15-11, while the Tigers had a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners. Quaker goalie Margaret Murphy charted one save in the Earlham cage, while Witt's Allie Purvis stopped seven Quaker shots on goal.

Earlham heads to Chambersburg, Pa., this weekend to play in the Wilson College Invitational. The Quakers will face the host Wilson Phoenix on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2:00 p.m., with consolation and championship games on Sunday, Sept. 9.

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