Lackluster offense leaves women’s field hockey with a rocky start
On Sunday, the Georgetown women’s field hockey team (0-5) (0-0 Big East) lost to Lock Haven (4-1) (0-0 PSAC) by a score of 5 – 0 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Lock Haven got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first three minutes, before adding a third near the 11 minute mark. The Hoya defense picked up a bit in the second period, allowing only two goals, one of which came on a penalty stroke in the 51 minute.
The Hoyas are off to another rough start to the season after struggling for much of last year. Sunday’s loss was particularly hard for the team, given recent signs of improvement from the young squad.
Head Coach Tiffany Hubbard spoke about the letdown. “Sunday’s game was tough for us,” she said. “We felt like we kind of took a step back.” The loss is made even worse after a close contest on Friday against Towson University (2-2), when the Hoyas lost 3 – 2.
The Hoyas, however, are a very young team, with only two seniors and three starting freshman. Hubbard’s squad still has a lot to learn. Hubbard indicated that the team had been improving and performing well before Sunday, but “came out flat,” as she put it.
A young team allows for a lot of growth. “This group is soaking up information,” Hubbard said. “We really had a chance to see what not to do [on Sunday].” Hubbard is excited about her young team and expects big things from many of her young players in the coming games. One player she noted specifically was sophomore midfielder Emily Weinberg. “[Emily] really commands the field, she’s breaking out,” Hubbard said.
The team’s youth showed most in their lack of offense. On Sunday, the Hoyas were out-shot nearly 4 to 1, with their five shots dwarfed by Lock Haven’s 19 chances. The Hoyas have also struggled scoring in earlier games, scoring a total of three goals in their previous two games.
When asked about the weak offensive output, Hubbard again pointed to youth as part of the problem, but she also stressed that she was not concerned. “We got unlucky in a few areas,” Hubbard said. “We were creating opportunities.”
The Hoyas now travel to face Lehigh University (1-3) (0-0 Patriot League) on Friday and have two more road games before returning home. When discussing the game against Lehigh, Hubbard was frank about what she wanted to see in the game. “We are looking for our first win,” she said.
Hubbard also thinks the girls are actually looking forward to the road trips. “Away trips can be fun,” Hubbard said. “It’s the bonding on the bus, getting away from campus.” The bonding could be just what the young team needs as it searches to finally turn its scoring chances into goals and win some games.
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