Field hockey slips to Ohio Wesleyan’s second-half surge

Isabelle Bishop

RICHMOND, Ind. – A pair of second-half goals from Ohio Wesleyan proved to be the undoing for Earlham College field hockey, and the Quakers dropped a 2-1 decision to North Coast Athletic Conference rival Ohio Wesleyan, Wednesday evening at Darrell Beane Stadium.

First year Isabelle Bishop put Earlham on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead at the 31:33 mark of the first half, when she scored directly in front of the Ohio Wesleyan cage off a rebound from an earlier shot by Sofia Salvatore.  

Ohio Wesleyan's Ashley Barno knotted the game up at 1-1 with 23:57 showing on the second half clock with a blast from the left side of the top of the circle, which sailed past Earlham goalie Meg Murphy and into the far corner.

Barbara Welling netted the game-winner for the Battling Bishops with 5:43 remaining, when she completed a breakaway run with a blistering shot into the low opposite corner past an outstretched Murphy. Alexis Roberts, who sent a pass forward to Welling as she entered the circle, was credited with the assist.

Ohio Wesleyan outshot Earlham, 8-7, and earned six penalty corners to the Quakers' three. Murphy was credited with two saves in the Earlham goal, while Battling Bishops goalie Paige Ross also charted two saves.

Earlham returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, when it faces Kenyon College in an NCAC contest. Game time is slated for 11:00 a.m.

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