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Hounds Top Delaware Valley on Penalty Strokes for Second Straight Win

The Greyhounds rush sophomore goalie Ashley Kunsman after a penalty stroke win over Delaware Valley University.
The Greyhounds rush sophomore goalie Ashley Kunsman after a penalty stroke win over Delaware Valley University.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- The Moravian College field hockey squad earned a 2-1 victory including 3-0 on penalty strokes over Delaware Valley University in non-conference action on John Makuvek Field Wednesday evening.

"The team really stepped up and played their hearts out," noted Head Coach Kristen Gillis after the victory. "I am extremely proud of them today and everything they have worked for to get a win in the shootout. It's a great stepping stone and experience for the rest of the season."

The Greyhounds, who have won two straight contests at home, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when junior forward Sara Cruz scored her first goal of the season, tapping in a crossing pass from sophomore midfielder Erica Heaney at the left post. The score would remain in the Hounds' advantage through the remainder of the first half.

The Aggies scored in the 42nd minute off of a penalty corner to knot the score at 1-1. Moravian earned several penalty corners late in the second half before sophomore goalie Ashley Kunsman made a save in the final seconds to send the match to overtime. Kunsman made eight saves in the contest.

The Blue and Grey had a 23-18 advantage in shots including 6-5 in the two overtime sessions and a 19-11 edge in penalty corners with a 5-3 lead in the overtimes.

Moravian would go first in the stroke off with Cruz finding the cage on her attempt for a 1-0. Kunsman forced a shot wide on Delaware Valley's first attempt while Heaney put a spin move on and scored to give the Hounds a 2-0 edge. Kunsman made another stop before freshman midfielder Olivia Emrick drilled her shot into the cage to give Moravian a 3-0 lead in the stroke off. Kunsman came up with one more save, knocking the ball off to the left side of the goal to seal the victory.

Moravian is scheduled to return to action on Saturday, September 15 in a non-conference match at Bryn Athyn College beginning at 1:00 p.m.