The West Chester University Women’s Field Hockey team (5-8, 0-2 A-10) has made great improvements since last year. Just in this past week the Golden Rams showed they have what it takes to be a threat in the Atlantic-10. West Chester traveled to Philadelphia last Friday to play conference rival Temple. The Rams fell short of a win with a 4-2 loss. Brittany Cislak scored twice but the Rams could not overcome a determined Temple who answered right back. This game was the Atlantic-10 opener for both schools.
The Owls (5-8, 1-0 A-10) scored twice in the first half and added one more in the beginning of the second to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Cislak than went into full gear scoring in the 44th minute and than again in the 63rd minute to put West Chester within one. Goalkeeper Joelle Zarefoss made eight saves in the loss.
West Chester than traveled again to Philadelphia last Sunday for another Atlantic 10 showdown this time with St. Joseph’s University (9-4, 2-0 A-10). Just last year, West Chester could not contend with St. Joe’s, losing to the Hawks 6-0. This year, with great strides and major improvements, the Golden Rams fell short to the Hawks 3-2.
Brittany Cislak scored her team leading ninth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 in the eighth minute. The Hawks scored their first goal within the first minute of the contest. The game remained 1-1 until the second half. The Hawks answered back quickly scoring two goals shortly after halftime extending their lead to 3-1. Lauren DuBois gave West Chester hope when she pulled the Rams within one later in the second half off an assist from Alex Swayze. St. Joseph’s buckled down and did not let West Chester score after that.
Joelle Zarefoss made 12 saves in goal for West Chester, who was outshot by St. Joe’s 24-6. The Golden Rams will be in full spring with the Atlantic 10 this coming week. The Lady Rams will travel to St. Louis Friday, Oct. 24 to face the Billikens. Hopefully the Rams will continue improving and keep fighting so they can bring home some hard-earned wins.
*Sundays home game against Massachusetts did not finish in time for this week’s edition of The Quad.
Shannon Padula ia a fourth year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at SP613743@wcupa.edu.