VILLANOVA, Pa. - After a long battle through two overtimes, the Hokies (1-1-0) fell just short to the Wildcats of Villanova (2-0-0) in their first of two games this weekend at the Villanova Classic. Freshman Sloane Levin was the only Hokie to score as the team finished the game with 20 shots. Katie Ryan and Kelly Eagan netted goals for the Wildcats; Eagan was credited with the game winner.
The first half of play was a scoreless battle with each team coming close to scoring on several occasions. Both teams finished the first half with six shots each, but the Wildcats were able to open things up just before the half as forward Katie Ryan scored in the 34th minute from the right side. Ryan missed high just moments before scoring on a pass from teammate Justine Wollner.
The Hokies came out strong in the second half with freshman Sloane Levin netting a goal just three minutes into the half, the 48th minute overall. Levin positioned herself in the middle of the box to receive the incoming pass from senior Robin Chidester on the left side of the field for the score. This was the first goal of the season for Levin and the first assist for Chidester.
The Hokies took ten shots in the second half, doubling the Wildcats as they finished regulation with five shots.
The first overtime consisted of just three total shots, two from the Hokies, which allowed play to continue into a second overtime. The Hokies went down with a fight as freshman Kelly Conheeney struck twice on goal and junior Jennifer Harvey took a shot off a corner kick from Levin, but they were not able to connect.
Just before the final whistle, in the 108th minute, Villanova’s Kelly Eagan scored her first goal of the season after the Wildcats scrambled to score off a corner kick. Rachel Schuyler and Ryan, who both finished the game with four shots, each had their shots blocked before Eagan could find the back of the net.
Levin and Conheeney finished the game with four shots apiece and freshman Kelsey Mitchel recorded three shots in the game.
Junior goalkeeper Rebekah Brook finished the game with one save and faced 16 shots throughout the match.
The Hokies will return to the field on Sunday, Aug. 30 to take on Lehigh at 1 p.m. at the Villanova Classic.
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