Gophers Fall to Eagles in Landmark Home Opener

Gophers Fall to Eagles in Landmark Home Opener

TOWSON, Md. -- In the second half of its home conference opener, the Goucher field hockey team was neck-and-neck with Juniata, surrendering just one goal and limiting the Eagles to a 7-6 shots advantage. The damage, however, had already been done, as Juniata had 15 of the match's 16 shots in a two-goal first half en route to a 3-0 victory.

The Gophers (3-9, 0-3 Landmark) remained winless in conference play. Juniata (7-7, 3-0 Landmark) earned its second consecutive shutout. Demie Huffman (Granville, Ohio/Granville) registered eight saves in goal for Goucher, while Justine Ruhlin (Cornish, Maine/Sacopee Valley) had a team-high three shots.

Liz Slimak put the Eagles on the board 10:35 into the match, drilling a shot past Huffman after a cross from Sarah Bilheimer.

Ruhlin had a chance to equalize for the Gophers in the 23rd minute, but her effort went just wide of goal. Shortly afterwards, Juniata doubled its lead when Steph Pagliaro scored on a scramble off a penalty corner. Huffman recorded five first-half stops, and Liz Weiner (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) added her second defensive save of 2013.

Goucher came out strong after the intermission, generating three shots and four penalty corners before the Eagles registered a shot. The first shot for Juniata, though, turned into a goal at 51:33 as Emma Dahmus streaked down the left side and nailed a shot past Huffman for her seventh marker of the season.

The Gophers continued their pressure, earning themselves a total of nine penalty corners in the half, but they could not get anything past the goaltending tandem of Julianne Jones and Shelby Miller. Lizzie Barminski (Ventura, Calif./Buena) directed a pair of shots on goal during the frame, while Annie Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) also forced a save out of Miller.

Another tough conference match awaits Goucher, as nationally ranked Drew heads to Beldon Field for a 1 p.m. contest next Saturday. The Rangers (11-1, 3-0 Landmark) are currently rated as the 16th-best squad in Division III.