Wolves Win Shootout for First Field Hockey Win

Kassidy Valentine (44) earned the shutout in goal for the Wolves
Kassidy Valentine (44) earned the shutout in goal for the Wolves

MADISON, N.J. — The Keuka College Field Hockey team won a shootout against Drew University 1-0 to earn their first win of the 2018 season on Saturday.

Shelby Lamb scored the lone goal for either team in the shootout. Kassidy Valentine made five saves in the game and then stopped all five shootout attempts for the shutout, giving Keuka College (1-2) the win.

Keuka College 1 at Drew University 0 – Keuka won shootout 1-0

Both teams fought for possession early in the game on Saturday morning. Both sides would get an offensive opportunity with a corner in the half. Drew University was the only side to register shots on goal in the half, but goalie Kassidy Valentine was up to the task, making a pair of saves as the game went to halftime scoreless.

The Wolves registered their first shot early in the second half, but again, neither team were able to generate scoring chances. Keuka had two shots in the half and held the Rangers to just one. Despite a combined eight penalty corners, the game would go to overtime tied 0-0.

Drew had four penalty corners and three shots on goal in the first overtime period. Valentine was up to the task, however, making three saves. In the second overtime period, the game opened up with each team registering four shots in the 10-minute frame. Neither would score and the game would go to a shootout.

After Valentine made a save, Shelby Lamb was the first to attempt a shot for Keuka in the shootout. The junior moved to the right side and then cut back to her left, letting a sweep shot go past the keeper for the early advantage. Kassidy Valentine did the rest. The junior went a perfect 5-5 in goal to guide Keuka to the victory.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves improved to 2-1 all-time against Drew University
  • Keuka College defeated Drew in overtime last season
  • It was the second game in school history to go to a shootout. Keuka lost the 2017 season-opener to Brockport last time
  • Valentine has stopped 12 of 14 shootout attempts against her. She is also the first player in program history to record two shutouts in her career
  • The win was the first of Head Coach Erika Profenno's career

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return home on Wednesday to face Keystone College at the Jephson Community Athletic Center. It will be the first ever meeting between the Wolves and the Giants on the field hockey field.