Barno’s Penalty Stroke Propels W&J To Victory
WASHINGTON, Pa.. – Senior Erin Barno (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) broke a 3-3 tie late in the second half with a penalty-stroke goal to lift the Washington & Jefferson College field hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Utica on Saturday afternoon at Cameron Stadium.
W&J wore white #5 wrist bands during the game (and for the rest of the season) in honor of W&J football player Tim McNerney, who died on Oct. 4.
Barno’s goal completed a two-goal rally by the Presidents (7-4, 3-2 Empire 8) in the game’s final 12 minutes. After W&J had fallen behind 3-2, senior forward Jennifer Marabella (Sinking Spring, Pa./Holy Name) got behind the defense and beat Utica goalkeeper Kells Casey high over her shoulder to knot the game at three with 11:30 remaining in regulation.
Senior Arielle King (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) drew the penalty stroke when she was taken down directly in front of the Pioneers’ net and Barno ripped a shot past Casey for the game-winning tally with 6:19 to play.
Marabella had provided W&J with a 2-1 edge earlier in the half when she redirected a feed from King into the back of the net. The Pioneers (7-4, 1-3 Empire 8) answered that score with a pair of goals in a 3:14 span to take over the lead.
King opened the scoring during the first half with her team-leading sixth goal of the fall, but Hannah Mackey evened the match for Utica just before halftime.
Freshman goalkeeper Morgan Brozena (Telford, Pa./Souderton) stopped seven shots in net, while Casey collected five saves for the Pioneers.
W&J will look for its fourth-straight win on Sunday when it travels to Ohio to face Kenyon at 1:00 pm.