SEAFORD, N.Y. – The Converse College (4-11) field hockey team downed the Molloy (0-18) Lions for the second time this year on Sunday afternoon at Cedar Creek Park. The Valkyries took an early 2-0 lead and held on to bring home a 3-2 win, making it the fourth in the last five games the Vals have tasted victory.
Just like the first meeting between the two teams, Converse was the early aggressor, putting several shots on goal, but unable to post anything into the scoring column.
However, that all changed in the ninth minute of action when Marina-Montes Nino took a pass from Denelle Williams on the left side of the cage and blasted it past Tara Byrnes for the early 1-0 Valkyrie lead. After stellar defensive play Montes-Nino was at it again, this time in the 26th minute when she tallied an unassisted score, her second of the contest.
The Valkyrie defense held strong over the first 35 minutes and the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Purple and Gold heading into the locker room.
With all the success offensively in the first half for the Valkyries, the second half was a different feel as Converse struggled to put any pressure on the Lions defense. Shots here and there went wide and Byrnes kept Molloy in the contest with a plethora of saves.
That momentum carried over into the offensive side of the ball for Molloy when Zoe Morton tallied a penalty stroke goal in the 51st minute to cut the Valkyries lead in half.
However, Converse's Flore Samsi came right back in the 63rd minute when she took the ball right side of the keeper and completely fooled the net-minder for what turned out to be the game-winning goal as Molloy added a late goal in the 68th minute.
Converse outshot the Lions by a slim margin (20-19), but Molloy collected seven more penalty corners than the Vals (12-5).
Montes-Nino led the Vals with two scores on her seven shots, all of which were on goal. Samsi tallied one score on nine shots. Madison Conlon and Daija Krygier each posted two shots apiece.
During the recent string of success Converse has outscored its opponents by a total of 16-10 and have amassed more than 30 more penalty corners and taken over 70 more shots.
Converse will wrap-up its inaugural campaign on Thursday, November 2 as it welcomes Queens University of Charlotte to Spartan High for a 7 p.m. faceoff. The Valkyries will look to avenge a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Royals just over one week ago.