NEWBERRY – Kristyna Oyola scored two goals late in the second period to give the Newberry College field hockey team a 2-1 comeback non-conference victory over Sewanee on Saturday at Setzler Field. With the win, Newberry set a school record for most wins in a season.
Newberry moves to 5-7 and Sewanee drops to 4-8. The previous record for wins in a season was four set in the 2013 season.
“Getting five wins in a season is very exciting for the program, and with four of those wins coming in October, I think it really I think it really is a reflection of all the work these athletes have put in since August to establish a new culture here,” said head coach Anne Kietzman.
Sewanee scored early in the second half to lead 1-0. With nearly seven minutes remaining, Oyola tied the game after she received a lead pass from Kayla Cooke. It was Cooke’s first assist of the season as Oyola buried the shot in the back of the net.
Just mere minutes later, Oyola scored her fourth goal of the season on a feed from the right side byBrady Keeler to give Newberry the 2-1 non-conference victory.
“I was happy with our ability to come from behind and execute under pressure today. We got out to a slow start but we were able to refocus and find that second gear. We had a lot of players step up this weekend in a really big way and it was so awesome to see how truly deep our roster is, especially as we head into the final part of our season,” said Kietzman.
The Wolves dominated the pace of play and the shot count, 16-2. Newberry had a 11 shots on goal as a team and took a season-high 19 corners.
Caitlyn Warren led Newberry with a game-high five shots, four of which were on goal. Warren also had a shot that hit the post in the first half.
Allison Davis notched her first win of the season in goal and earned a shutout. Kayla Waters posted nine saves for the Tigers. Hannah Tompkins took both shots for Sewanee.
Newberry will play its final non-conference game of the season next Wednesday. The Wolves will travel to Queens University of Charlotte (5-5) for a 4 p.m. match.
On Friday, the field hockey team held Centre (4-7) scoreless for 70 plus minutes but fell just short, as the Colonels earned the 1-0 non-conference win at Setzler Field.
This release was provided by Newberry College.