Oct. 5, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The California Golden Bear field hockey team (4-6, 0-2) shook off their midseason woes to earn the victory this afternoon agains the Robert Morris University Colonials (3-8), 2-0. Freshman goalie Joelle van Hoorn earned her third shutout in the victory.
The Bears broke out of their recent offensive funk to dominate the Colonials in the offensive third of the pitch. Cal tallied 29 shots with 16 on goal, including five shots, all on goal, by senior forward Rachelle Comeau. In all, ten different Golden Bears fired a shot towards the RMU cage. Cal also earned 11 penalty corners on the evening. Conversely, the California defense was once again staunch. They only allowed three Colonial shots and one penalty corner.
Cal got on the board with two minutes left in the first half. On the attack, Comeau notched her third goal of the season redirected a long pass from the high right side of the arc from freshman midfielder Clara Goni to the left side of the cage. It was Goni's second assist of the season. The Golden Bears earned their second goal in the 56th minute of the game when they converted one of their penalty corners. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Struijk scored her fifth goal of the season off a senior Laura Spellman injection and senior Deanna Kennedy stop.
On the defensive end, freshman goalie Joelle van Hoorn earned her third shutout of the season. She made two saves on the day.
California plays again on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. against the Penn State Nittany Lions.