|Gretchen Kempf||Alyssa Fania|
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The University of Scranton field hockey team rallied midway through the second half to force overtime in the season opener at Muhlenberg College, but the home team scored early in overtime to hand the Royals a 2-1 defeat on Friday evening.
Scranton (0-1) received its lone goal from senior forward Gretchen Kempf (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) on an assist from sophomore forward Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J/North Hunterdon) at the 51:19 mark.
The Mules (1-0) won the game 57 seconds into overtime on an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Kayleigh Thies (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex). They also received a goal early in the second half from sophomore forward Lauren Jordan (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby).
Muhlenberg outshot Scranton, 17-8. Mules senior goalie Kristen Dornenburg (Haverford, Pa./Haverford) made five saves to pick up the win.
Sophomore goalie Krista Mundy (West Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) made six saves after halftime for the Royals, who are back in action Saturday when they host Marywood University at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.