SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Forwards Marina-Montes Nino and Flore Samsi posted two goals and an assist each to help guide the Converse College (1-10) field hockey team to its first ever win as a program, taking down the visiting Lions of Molloy College (0-12) on Sunday afternoon at Spartanburg High Field. Montes-Nino and Samsi's two goals are also the first time a Valkyrie has posted a multi-score game.
The Valkyries outshot Molloy by a wide margin (21-3) and earned nine penalty corners to the Lions zero. Montes-Nino led all players with nine shots, including eight of which were on goal. Samsi added seven shots in the victory
Converse was on attack mode early in the opening period, firing four shots at the Lions keeper in the first three minutes of action, but were unable to hit the back of the box.
The determination paid off in the 12th minute when Cassandra Bravo found Montes-Nino for the game's first goal. After crossing the ball to the five-yard mark, Montes-Nino ripped a shot that the keeper never saw, giving the Vals the early lead.
Converse continued the pressure on offense and the defense was stellar as the Valkyries outshot Molloy in the first half 13-1, including 10 of those shots on goal. The Vals went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead, their first halftime lead of the season.
Daija Krygier added to that lead in the 41st minute following a penalty corner. Krygier served the ball in and set herself up in position to collect a pass from Montes-Nino and blasted the rock into the back of the cage, doubling the Converse advantage.
Montes-Nino was at it again in the 58th minute she took a beautiful pass in the box from Flore Samsi and flipped it over the goalie's glove for her second score of the contest, pushing the CC lead to 3-0 with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation.
Molloy was finally able to break into the scoring column with five minutes to go in the game when Zoe Norton picked a ball up off a saved shot and knocked it into the back of the box to cut the Valkyrie lead to 3-1.
Ciriaca Petitto picked up her first win of the season after playing all 70 minutes in goal, posting two saves. Tara Byrnes was tagged with the loss, finishing with 13 saves and five goals allowed.
However, that was not the last score of the contest as Samsi got in on the goal parade, posting a pair of goals in a span of two minutes, making the final margin of victory 5-1 in favor of the Valkyries.