Trio of scorers push Vixens past Chargers

Trio of scorers push Vixens past Chargers

SWEET BRIAR, Va. — For the first time since October 11, 2014, the Sweet Briar field hockey team is victorious, following a 3-1 home victory over Lancaster Bible at Thayer Field.

The scoring got underway when first-year Brigitte Gorman (Chesapeake, Va.), opened her collegiate account with a tap-in goal off a goalie deflection in the 22nd minute.

Gorman had a hand in the Vixens' (1-1) second goal when fellow first-year Emily Myers (Fredericksburg, Va.) netted the first goal of her Sweet Briar career in the 27th minute.

The Chargers (0-2) looked to answer early in the second half when Blessing Bowman converted her shot on goal to pull the score to 2-1 in Sweet Briar's favor.

The two teams battled through humid conditions, with Lancaster Bible forcing Sweet Briar's sophomore goalkeeper Rosemary Austin (Commerce Township, Mich.) to make multiple saves. 

After back-to-back saves by Austin the Vixens raced down the field and added an insurance goal when sophomore Alexis Jones (Suffolk, Va.) scored her first goal in a Sweet Briar uniform in the 56th minute.

Sweet Briar held the advantage in penalty corners 9-6, while Austin stopped four shots on the day.

First-year goalkeeper Janie Bolling (Hereford, Md.) made her collegiate debut in the Vixens' victory.

Sweet Briar's last victory came in a 3-0 decision at Ferrum, while Gorman's goal was the Vixens' first since a Kayla Dooms goal in a road loss to Belmont Abbey on September 14, 2016.

The Vixens hit the road next weekend to take part in the Wilson College Invitational. Sweet Briar opens the weekend on September 8 against Concordia (Wis.) at noon, before meeting either Earlham or Wislon on Sunday afternoon.