SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Freshman forward Morgan Berndt posted her first two career goals to help guide the Converse College field hockey team to its first win of the season versus Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon at Viking Field. The Valkyries defense dominated throughout the entirety of the match, allowing only one shot by the Trojans.
Score: Converse 3, Mount Olive 0
Records: Converse (1-8, 1-6), Mount Olive (1-8, 1-6)
Location: Vikings Field, Old Spartan High, Spartanburg, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Converse outshot Mount Olive by a total of 8-1.
- The Valkyries earned 10 penalty corners to the Trojans three.
- Aleyah Bonaventura tallied her first collegiate goal.
- Kiersten Bangit and Teana Maloney posted an assist each.
- Jacqueline Wadsley earned her first win in goal for Converse.
- Berndt led the Vals with three shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The opening period was a defensive battle as neither team could establish any real threat on the offensive side of the field. Converse, however, was able to stretch the Trojans defense and begin to penetrate inside the circle, earning two penalty corners during the first 15 minutes.
Quarter number two mirrored the first as Converse spent the majority on the offensive end, but could not post the game's first score, sending the two teams into the locker room in a scoreless tie.
Converse finally broke through just minutes into the third period after Maloney sent a beautiful ball into the circle and Berndt collected it, firing it past the Trojans keeper for the 1-0 score. That lead quickly doubled in the 36th minute following a penalty corner for the Vals. Bangit sent a ball towards the box allowing Bonaventura to collect it and blast a missile into the back of the cage.
Mount Olive attempted a comeback in the final period but Converse's defense was up for the task, holding the Trojans at-bay while Berndt punched in an unassisted goal for good measure at the 58:34 mark, giving Converse the 3-0 win.
Converse will travel to the Queen City of Charlotte, N.C. tomorrow afternoon to take on the Royals of Queens University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.