Schneidtmiller's OT Goal Lifts No. 19 Field Hockey to 3-2 win over No. 20 Old Dominion




Sept. 20, 2013

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Erin Schneidtmiller's goal 45 seconds into overtime lifted the No. 19 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 3-2 win over No. 20 Old Dominion in both teams' BIG EAST Conference opener Friday evening at Trager Stadium. Louisville improves to 5-2 (1-0 BIG EAST) while Old Dominion drops to 1-6 (0-1).

"We are so happy to come out with a win today," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "What an amazing battle between two good opponents that really just slugged it out. The game had a lot of ebb and flow. They had momentum and then we had momentum - it was absolutely crazy out there. We're excited to come away with a positive result at the end of the day. We definitely learned a lot of lessons from this game and we're excited to get our first BIG EAST win of the season."

Heavy rain and lightning in the area forced the game to start an hour later than originally scheduled and the teams played the majority of first half in the midst of a steady downpour. Old Dominion held possession in the beginning of the game, but it was the Cards who took an early lead on the first penalty corner of the game. Junior Mallory Mason pushed the ball to junior Paige Monsen who provided the stop for sophomore Victoria Stratton's shot to the backboard. Her second goal of the season gave the Cards a 1-0 lead at the 15:59 mark in the game.

The Monarchs answered five minutes later on their first corner of the game. Sarah Breen connected with assists from Rosario Villagra and Emily Hartig to knot the score at 1-1.

With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, the Cardinals drew two quick penalty corners and capitalized on the second one to push back ahead. This time, junior Alyssa Voelmle took the initial shot which was stopped by ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept, but Mason was there to connect on the rebound for her second goal of the season.

The Cards took the 2-1 lead into halftime after holding a 3-2 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners in the first half.

Louisville earned two corners, in the first six minutes of the second half, but Hept stopped Stratton's shot on the first attempt and the ODU defense prevented the Cards from getting a shot off on the second corner. The Monarch drew a corner with 24:58 remaining in regulation, but lightning in the area resulted in a 56 minute delay.

When the game resumed, Old Dominion executed its corner with a shot from Villagra which was stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King.

The Monarchs continued to attack, outshooting the Cards 4-2 and drawing three corners over a 23 minute span. ODU capitalized on its fourth corner of the half when Breen combined with Villagra and Hartig to tie the game at 2-2 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

In the second half, ODU outshot Louisville 7-3 and held a 4-2 advantage in corners.

The teams entered a 15 minute sudden-victory overtime period with the players on the field reduced from 11 to seven. ODU began the overtime period shorthanded due to a yellow card issued to Christy Longacre near the end of regulation. The Cards quickly took advantage of the numbers by gaining early possession of the ball. Stratton sent a long pass from outside the circle to Schneidtmiller who was posted up near Hept and tapped the ball in the cage for the 3-2 win just 45 seconds into the OT period for her third goal of the season.

In the game, Old Dominion outshot Louisville 9-7 and the teams had five penalty corners apiece. King had five saves while Hept finished with two stops.