|September 01, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|NBY||7:45||Brady Keeler (Kristyna Oyola )|
|SHU||22:00||Kayla Chapman (Michaela Swift )|
|NBY||44:35||Brady Keeler (Kristyna Oyola )|
|Stats at a Glance||SHU||NBY|
|Shots (on Goal)||5 (4)||11 (6)|
NEWBERRY—A pair of goals by Brady Keeler and several late defensive stands gave Newberry a season-opening victory over Seton Hill, the first time in program history the Wolves have started their season with a victory.
Keeler and Kristyna Oyola were two teammates firing on all cylinders, assisting and scoring on both of the Wolves’ (1-0) goals. Both goals were scored off of penalty corners.
Keeler’s first goal of the season came in the eighth minute. It was set up via penalty corner from Oyola perfectly to the top of the arc and past Seton Hill’s Jane Eberhardt. This goal gave Newberry its first lead of the night, 1-0. Keeler notched her first assist of the season.
The duo started off the second period with a nearly identical goal from another penalty corner, with Oyola setting up Keeler for a second time with a pass to the top of the arc from the bottom left corner. This gave Newberry its final lead of the night, 2-1.
The Griffins (0-1) had fought back from their early deficit with a goal off a penalty corner of their own in the 22nd minute.
A series of defensive stands helped Newberry preserve its tenuous advantage in the game's closing moments. A shot from Seton Hill's Nicole Susi in the 57th minute was headed for the lower left corner of the goal before goalkeeper Dakota Elzy made a full-extension dive to her right to force the ball wide of the goal. Danielle Laguerra twice swiped Griffins' attackers setting up for shots off penalty corners in support of Elzy.
First-year head coach Hannah Dave opened her career with a victory, leading the Wolves to their first season-opening win in the program's fifth season.
Newberry will face Bloomsburg at a neutral site in Charlotte on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 11:00 a.m. before returning to Setzler Field Monday at 11:00 a.m. against Eastern College Athletic Conference foe Mercy.