MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s field hockey team got back to its winning ways on Friday afternoon as the 21st-ranked Hawks topped UC Davis, 2-1, at Ellen Ryan Field.
Saint Joseph’s (10-3) took the early lead when freshman Jordan Olenginski notched her third goal of the season with 23:39 to go in the half. On a penalty corner, junior Anna Willocks had her initial attempt stopped by Aggies goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow, but Olenginski was there to tuck home the loose ball and put the Hawks ahead.
UC Davis (1-10) equalized late in the stanza as Lauren Gengerella took a long pass from Nicola Prebble at the top of the arc and found the corner of the goal to send the teams into the halftime break tied at one.
Freshman Emily Henry came through with her third game-winning goal of the season midway through the second half, taking a feed from Willocks and beating Bigelow to put SJU back on top.
The Aggies looked for an equalizer and had a prime opportunity with 14 minutes to go, but sophomore Victoria Kammerinke came up with her lone save of the day to deny Briana Sooy and preserve the victory.
Bigelow made nine saves for the Aggies in the defeat, while Kammerinke matched her mark from a season ago with her 10th victory. The Hawks enjoyed a 21-3 advantage in shots and earned 11 corners without conceding one on the day.
“We’re creating good opportunities on attack, and we’re transitioning to close space defensively, so from a team effort standpoint, we’ve had a lot of great gameplay,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “UC Davis came out and really challenged us to stay on point for the entire game and attack a tough man-to-man defense. We’re in a good spot as a team and we need to continue to take steps forward.”
Saint Joseph’s returns to the pitch on Saturday when Atlantic 10 leader Saint Francis visits Hawk Hill. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.