SCRANTON, Pa. – Junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) scored the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke with 6:30 left in the first overtime period and The University of Scranton field hockey team (1-0) picked up a thrilling 2-1 win over the Muhlenberg College Mules (0-1) in the 2022 season opener for both teams on Thursday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.
This marks the fourth career multi-goal game for Redding, who had tied the game at one apiece in the late stages of the third quarter.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first quarter with the Royals holding a 2-1 shot advantage in the opening stanza. Perhaps the best chance of the opening half for the hosts came in the 29th minute as Muhlenberg goalie Grace Leard turned away three consecutive shots with two from Redding and one from fellow junior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East).
Muhlenberg opened the scoring in the 33rd minute as Katie Raab took a feed off a penalty corner from Mallory Holson and found the back of the net with a shot from the top of the circle. The Mules had a chance to extend the lead just over five minutes later, but senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) denied Kaitlyn Hennelly on a penalty stroke to keep it a one goal game for the time being. Redding tied the game with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter as she blasted a shot to the far post off a penalty corner from junior Cori Davis (Millerstown, Pa./Greenwood). Both Leard and Maguire made some timely saves in the fourth period to keep things even at one as the Royals had a pair of opportunities in the final minute of regulation.
In the extra session, Muhlenberg had a pair of penalty corners and Maguire turned away a shot from Holson in the 63rd minute to set the stage for Redding's game winner on a penalty stroke less than a minute later.
Head coach Colleen Moyer's team held a 19-16 shot advantage on the night behind six from Redding and five from Abraldes.
Maguire made a career-high nine saves in the cage for the Royals, surpassing her previous career-high of six that was set on three occasions in 2021. For the Mules, Leard tallied 10 saves.
The Royals return to action on Wednesday night at King's with action slated to get underway at 7 p.m.