WAYNE, N.J. – Two second-half goals lifted the William Paterson field hockey team (10-4) to a 2-0 victory against visiting Stevens Tech (11-4) Oct. 17 at Wightman Stadium, and extended the Pioneers’ current winning streak to six games.
Defense dominated in the first half, as the two teams combined for just four shots during the first 35 minutes of play. The best scoring opportunity of the opening stanza came less than 10 minutes remaining before halftime, when Meghan Hall’s (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Twp.) re-direction of a penalty corner was just wide of the cage.
Hall had two breakaways during the first five minutes of the second half, but could not convert either chance. The Ducks had a pair of opportunities of their own midway through the second stanza, with dangerous balls cutting across the circle and in front of the goal.
Three straight corners finally paid dividends for the Pioneers when Hall knocked home a Tina Londino (Gloucester City, N.J./Gloucester City) assist, breaking the scoreless tie with 9:08 on the clock.
Chelsea Winkelspecht (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Twp.) converted a Jodi Feriod (Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro) pass from the end line less than four minutes later, giving the Pioneers some breathing room and a 2-0 lead. For Winkelspecht, it was her fifth goal in the last four games.
Pioneer goalie Christina Auger (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) made three saves for her fifth shutout of the year. Stephanie Smith had six stops for the Ducks.
William Paterson will return to action Saturday, Oct. 20, at home against No. 5 The College of New Jersey at 1:00 p.m.
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