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Juniata field hockey defeats Alvernia in penalty stroke shootout

(Posted October 9, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College junior Dani Stump (Newport, Pa./Newport) was the only player to convert her penalty stroke attempt in a penalty stroke shootout, lifting the Eagle field hockey squad to a 2-1 win over Alvernia University on Thursday afternoon in Huntingdon, Pa.

Tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation, neither team was able to score the game-winner through 30 minutes of overtime play - sending the game into a penalty stroke shootout.

After the first four Alvernia shooters failed to convert their attempts, Stump, Juniata's fourth shooter, put a waist-high shot inside the right post and past outstretched Crusader goalie Audrey Hoffman. Alvernia's Katlyn Sementelli had a final attempt to match Stump's goal and force Juniata to make a second penalty stroke to win the game, but her shot was caught between the pads of kneeling Juniata goalie Abby Funk's (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg), and the celebration began for the Eagles.

Alvernia (6-5) got on the scoreboard first, with Katy Eby's goal with only 1:30 remaining in the first half off an assist from Christy Yousaitis.

Juniata (4-10) knotted the game at 1-1 with 24:04 left in the second half on a goal by Molly Snyder (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area), with Brittany Kauffman (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) getting credit for the assist.

Juniata outshot Alvernia 14-10, but the Crusaders had a 15-12 advantage in penalty corners. Funk finished the game with four saves, while Hoffman tallied five saves in the Alvernia cage. Crusader defender Tonya Rutt made a pair of defensive saves for Alvernia.

The Eagles return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Drew University in a Landmark Conference match on Winton Hill Field in Huntingdon.

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