Wooster Continues Strong Start to Season with 2-1 Win Over Ohio Wesleyan

WOOSTER, Ohio – Sophomore Sydney Schuster and senior Erika Womack provided the offensive firepower with their co-team-leading fifth goals on the young season, and The College of Wooster field hockey team's defense turned in a superb effort by holding Ohio Wesleyan University to 12 shot attempts during the Fighting Scots' 2-1 win in the team's home and North Coast Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday night at John P. Papp Stadium.

With the win, Wooster improves to 3-0 for the first time since 2009, and the Scots are 1-0 in league play for the third time in the last six seasons.

Sydney Schuster (23), Erika Womack (7) celebration
Wooster sophomore Sydney Schuster (23) and senior Erika Womack (background) celebrate after one of the Scots' two goals. The duo scored their co-team-leading fifth goals of the season during a 2-1 win on Wednesday night.

Wooster's faithful didn't have to wait long for the Scots to get on the board, as the Black & Gold capitalized on a penalty corner in the eighth minute. Sophomore Maggie Brown inserted to the top of the circle where a waiting Womack fired the shot past Ohio Wesleyan's (2-1, 0-1 NCAC) Paige Ross.

Alexis Roberts, who herself now has five goals on the year, pushed a loose ball into the cage for the equalizer in the 27th minute.

The Scots nearly struck for a goal in the 31st minute when Ross went to make a play on a loose ball in the circle. That led to back-to-back shot attempts by sophomore Caitlyn O'Connor, but Ross was able to recover in time to turn aside both attempts.

A minute later, Schuster redirected an attempt on cage by Womack, and the forward stayed with the play to chip the ensuing rebound over the Bishops' 'keeper for the game-winner.

Wooster's aggressiveness carried over to the second half, where the Scots had a 14-5 shot advantage. Womack and senior Maeven Barry both nearly made it a two-goal game in the 41st and 42nd minutes, respectively, but Ohio Wesleyan's backs were able to support Ross' 12 save effort with a pair of defensive saves.

Sophomore Katie Shideler tallied five saves for the Scots.

Wooster finished the contest with a 24-12 edge in the shot column, and an 11-8 advantage in penalty corners.

Wooster's five-game homestand continues with a 10 a.m. tilt against Hendrix College (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 8.