No. 6 Blue Hens beat No. 2 Penn State in field hockey

In a showdown between two of the best collegiate field hockey teams in the country, No. 6 Delaware blanked No. 2 Penn State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon.

The contest was played at The Nook in Manheim, Pa.

Senior goalie Emmeline Oltmans made eight saves as the Blue Hens (6-1) held a No. 1 or No. 2-ranked opponent scoreless for the first time in program history. Oltmans made a crucial stop on Madison Morano’s penalty stroke in the 52nd minute.

The loss was the first of the season for the Nittany Lions (7-1).

“Wow, what a game for the field hockey fans to enjoy,” said Delaware coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Two great teams, tons of actions, many momentum changes and a true battle to lock up this Delaware victory. A big compliment to our players group and their commitment to preparation the entire week for this game.

“This is our team’s best overall performance and hopefully they are aware and understand that when they want it they can compete for it. After every game the team usually votes for a ‘Blue Hen Warrior,’ but today it was very clear the team is the Blue Hen Warrior.”

Junior Lisa Giezeman notched the first goal of the game in the sixth minute as she collected the pass from classmate Greta Nauck.

Fellow junior Kiki Bink registered the second and final goal of the contest in the 46th minute. Senior Taylor Lister assisted on the play, which was set up by a penalty corner.

The Hens snapped a five-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions. Penn State outshot Delaware, 17-11, and held the 7-5 advantage in penalty corners.

College soccer

MEN, UNC-Wilmington 1, Delaware 0: The Blue Hens dropped a heartbreaking overtime decision to the No. 22 Seahawks on Sunday.

The game was decided on a penalty kick as Delaware (3-2-1, 0-1 CAA) was whistled for a foul in the 18-yard box, nine minutes into the first overtime period. David Lozano drilled the ball into the left-hand side of the net, just outside the reach of the diving Todd Morton.

UNCW outshot Delaware 17-6, and Morton made three saves.

Delaware is 0-2-1 in overtime this season.

WOMEN, Widener 2, Wesley 1: The Wolverines (2-2-1) fell in overtime in a game played on Saturday.

After drawing a red card on Widener in the 52nd minute, Aleya Cummings (Caesar Rodney) hit the crossbar on a free kick. A minute later, Cummings got her redemption as she drilled another free kick around the wall and past the Widener keeper to get Wesley on the scoreboard.

But the Pride tied the game on a goal in the 82nd minute before netting the game-winner with two minutes left in OT.

Krista Salvadore made 13 saves in net for the Wolverines.

Temple 8, Delaware State 0: The Owls (4-3-1) scored their most goals in a match since September 2007 in blanking the Hornets (0-9).

It was Temple’s third straight shutout.

College football

Pair of Wolverines honored: Two Wesley College football players were honored by the New Jersey Athletic Conference for their play in the wolverines’ 33-0 win over the College of New Jersey on Saturday.

Freshman receiver Ben Moore (Lake Forest) was named the Offensive Rookie of the Week while defensive end Stefon Woodruff (St. Georges) earned Defensive Rookie of the week honors.

Moore rushed two times for 18 yards, including his first career rushing touchdown, and also had a pair of catches for 38 yards.

Woodruff had four sacks for a total loss of 33 yards and forced a fumble.

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