Connecticut College 1, Smith College 0 Van der Velde Posts Shutout in Home Opener for Camels

Connecticut College 1, Smith College 0 Van der Velde Posts Shutout in Home Opener for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) scored the 10th goal of her nascent career 4:37 into regulation to lift the Connecticut College field hockey team to a 1-0 victory against Smith College in front of 203 fans at the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Wednesday night.

Junior tri-captain Ryle van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.) made four saves en route to her first shutout of the season. Sophomore Jacqueline Murphy (Danvers, Mass.) contributed with a pair of defensive saves, one occurring in each half for the Camels, who enjoyed a 17-to-9 advantage on the shot chart.

Murphy bailed the Camels out with a defensive save in the opening moments of action and then Paiva provided the offensive fireworks to put the Camels on top.

The Camels enjoyed a 9-to-2 edge on the shot chart in the first half and carried their one goal advantage into the break.

In the second stanza, the Camels nearly added to their lead with 18:20 remaining. Heidi Halsted (Mill Valley, Calif.) unloaded with a high-rising blast from the top of the circle but Smith College sophomore Cameo Tietje (Massapequa, N.Y.) was able to close the pads to make the save.

The Pioneers responded with a nice scoring bid that nearly tied the game. Sophomore Elise Odhiambo (Oyugis, Kenya) dribbled in for a backhanded scoring bid Van der Velde was able to make the save with 16:42 remaining and the Camels were able to hold on for the shutout victory.

The Camels closed out the contest with a 9-to-4 advantage on corners.

Tietje made seven starts in the cage for the Pioneers, keeping the visitors in it in her first start of the season.