Sept. 19, 2010

Courtesy of Shippensburg Athletics

The Shippensburg University field hockey team faced its first adversity of the season on Saturday afternoon and answered the test with fine resolve, as the No. 2 ranked Lady Raiders scored three unanswered goals late in the second period to overcome a 4-2 deficit and defeat the No. 5-ranked Golden Bears, 5-4.

Shippensburg (4-0) got on the board first as sophomore Ashley Taylor was able to take the corner from sophomore Taylor Jones and record the tally at the 5:24 mark of the first period.

Kutztown answered with three goals in a 10-minute span to give them an early 3-1 lead. The Lady Raiders, finding themselves behind for the first time this season, closed the gap to 3-2 late in the first half when junior Kristina Taylor found the net for the fifth time this year.

Just under five minutes into the second period, Kutztown would widen the gap again as Emily Labowitz scored to give the Golden Bears a 4-2 lead.

The Lady Raiders then changed the complexion of the game as they proceeded to record three goals in just over three minutes late in the game.

Senior Amanda Strous started the rally as she cut the lead to 4-3 with a goal of her own at the 62:34 mark of the game. Minutes later, Ashley Taylor tied the game at 4-4 with her second goal of the game. 30 seconds later Strous recorded her second tally of the day giving the Lady Raiders a 5-4 lead which remained the final score.

Freshman Bre White assisted on each of Strous’s goals late in the game. On the day, SU outshot Kutztown 25-12.

Shippensburg will open its home schedule Tuesday, September 21 with a 4 p.m. matchup against Slippery Rock from Rob Sports Complex.