RICHMOND, Ind. – Sophomore Isabella Grasso scored the game-winning goal with ten minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Earlham College field hockey team to a 2-1 win over Kenyon College in North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) competition on Saturday. The win was the Quakers' first over the Ladies since Oct. 5, 2003, also a 2-1 win.
The Quakers took ten shots in the first half compared to seven for the Ladies. Earlham also held a slight edge in penalty corners 8-7.
The two-time defending NCAC champions leveled the game in the 43rd minute when Katelyn Hutchison beat freshman Camille van der Vaart with a shot.
Fortunately for Earlham, van der Vaart would only be beaten once. Grasso's goal at the 60:02 mark proved enough as the Quakers ran the clock out for the victory.
"We came out on fire and got down to business today," head coach Heather Moore said. "To put together 70 minutes against one of the top teams in our conference is impressive."
van der Vaart made six saves en route to her third victory of the season. Kenyon goalkeeper Sarah Speroff made nine saves in the loss.
Hut, Kaitlyn Brunner, and sophomore Maite Turlings each took at least four shots for Earlham. Junior Olivia Honigman fired three shots. For Kenyon, Weezie Foster led the way individually with five shots.
Earlham not only defeated Kenyon for the first time since 2003, but it also marks only the third NCAC loss for the Ladies in as many years.
"This win shows the hard work we have put in to prepare for the conference season," Moore said. "It's great to see that work get rewarded with a victory.
The last time an Earlham field hockey team won five games, the year was 2008. The Quakers (5-4, 2-3 NCAC) will travel to Transylvania University for a matchup against the Pioneers at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30.