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Eagles Field Hockey Tops Susquehanna

(Posted October 5, 2005)

Michelle Campbell scored a pair of goals as the Eagles earned a 4-2 win over Susquehanna.

Juniata 4, Susquehanna 2

Huntingdon, Pa. ? Michelle Campbell (Northern Lebanon/Annville) scored a pair of goals to help lead the Juniata College field hockey team to its fifth-consecutive win as the Eagles topped Commonwealth Conference foe Susquehanna 4-2 in Huntingdon Wednesday afternoon. The win improved gave Juniata and Susquehanna identical 6-5 overall records, and the same conference record of 2-1.

The match marked the first time in the last four meetings between these two programs that the game was not decided by one goal. Each of the previous three contests between the Eagles and Crusaders had been one-goal affairs.

After a scoreless first half, the two teams combined for 16 shots and six goals in the final 35 minutes. Campbell got Juniata on the board as she pulled the ball away from a defender in the circle and whipped a back-hand shot into the lower left corner to give the Eagles a lead just five minutes into the half.

Susquehanna quickly answered as Megan Sites came rolling down the right side and ripped a long shot that deflected off a Juniata defender and past Juniata keeper Andrea Way (Fair Haven Union/Fair Haven, Vt.). The goal came just one minute after Campbell?s tally.

The teams stayed off the board for the next 15 minutes before Juniata?s Kim Wagner (Middletown/Middletown) took a long feed across the circle from Elise Zimmerman (Cumberland Valley/Boiling Spring) and drove it into the net to put Juniata back in front. Just slightly more than two minutes later Zimmerman got on the board herself as she drilled a long shot off a penalty corner into the cage for Juniata?s third tally. Leslie Stern (Red Lion/Felton) assisted on the score.

Campbell then capped the scoring with her second tally of the game, as she drove a long shot past Susquehanna keeper Shannon Baker for the fourth Juniata goal. Baker made five saves in the match for the visitors.

The visitors added one late tally as they scored with three minutes remaining. Abby Dunlap directed home a Caitlin Meara shot to cut the deficit to 4-2, but that was as close as the score got.

Way made four saves to help the Juniata cause.

The Eagles return to action on Saturday as they play a conference match at Albright.

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