College Field Hockey
Drexel University 3, Rider University 0
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--The Rider University field hockey team lost the 2012 season opener at Drexel University 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Buckley Field.
Rider (0-1) was out-shot 16-8.
"I feel we competed well," said head coach Lori Hussong, in her 13th season at Rider. "The result may not indicate that but I was happy with the way we controlled part of the game."
For the Broncs, freshman goalie Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) made seven saves in her first collegiate game.
Rider held a 6-2 penalty corner advantage, including 2-0 in the opening half but could not put one by Drexel (2-0) goalie Jantien Gunter who made two saves, recording her second shutout of the season.
The Dragons scored just over seven minutes into the game and took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
"The first 40 minutes, we probably had the better of the play as far as ball control," said Hussong, the 2011 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. "We made three defensive mistakes and Drexel cashed in on every one of them."
Back to back unassisted goals, eight minutes into the second half and one with 20 minutes left in the game iced the contest for the Dragons.
Freshman Allison Muschs (Linkebeek, Belgium/Lycee Emile Jacqmain) had three of Rider's eight shots.
Junior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain/ies Joaquim Blume), the 2011 Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was held to two shots for the Broncs.
Rider and Drexel have now split the 20 all-time meetings 9-9 (2 ties). The teams last met during the 1999 season with the Dragons winning. Rider last defeated Drexel in 1995.
This marks only the second time that Rider has been shutout since the final game of the 2008 season (61 games).
"We weren't able to generate any type of sustained offense," Hussong added. "Drexel played very well and they were very efficient. We didn't move particularly well and work to get open. But you can't take anything away from Drexel, they knocked off the number five ranked team on Friday (Duke). We made a pretty good showing."
Rider hosts Villanova in the 2012 home opener at 4pm on Friday at Ben Cohen Field on the Lawrenceville campus.
"We need to get better and we know that we will," said Hussong who had led Rider to six NEC regular season titles and five NEC championships. "We know where we made mistakes today and that's why we put together a tough non-conference schedule, to keep improving and get better by the time conference play begins in October. Really, these next six games or so are going to be really competitive '50-50' games for us. We are young and we are working to improve each time out."