RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College field hockey team battled Denison University for over 65 minutes, but the Big Red broke through the Quakers' defense with the game's only goal with 4:20 to play in regulation for a 1-0 victory in North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) action on Wednesday.
Denison's Michelle Kabaira found space down the far side of Darrell Beane Stadium and sent a cross to Charlotte Godfrey in Earlham's strike circle. Godfrey fired a low shot past the outstretched leg of Earlham goalkeeper, sophomore Camille van der Vaart, for the game-winning goal.
Denison (6-3, 4-2 NCAC) outshot Earlham 16-3 in the contest, but one of Earlham's shots, from senior Megan Hut, nearly broke the scoreless deadlock. Hut broke free in the strike circle and fired a shot which was saved by Big Red goalkeeper, Teya Adams.
The Big Red also had a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners, but by just a 3-2 margin in the second half.
Hut took all three of Earlham's shots including two on goal. van der Vaart made seven saves in the loss.
Earlham (2-5, 2-4 NCAC) heads to DePauw University for a pair of games this weekend.