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Brotzge, Barker score as Centre field hockey wins sixth in a row

Brotzge, Barker score as Centre field hockey wins sixth in a row

ROANOKE, Va. – Centre field hockey stepped out of conference Sunday, but continued their win streak with a narrow 2-1 victory against Roanoke at Kerr Stadium.

The Colonels' sixth consecutive victory moves them to 6-1 overall and hands the host Maroons (7-1) their first loss of the season.

Centre came out on top of a rather evenly-contested match thanks to goals by sophomore Caroline Brotzge (Louisville, Ky.) and senior Hayley Barker (Louisville, Ky.), and to sophomore goalie Kristen Mulcahy's (Cedarburg, Wis.) career-best seven saves.

Brotzge netted the game's first goal roughly 15 minutes in on the Colonels' third shot of the morning. It was the Louisville native's first of the season and fifth in her Centre career.

The Colonels got two more shots off before the half, but both were turned away by Roanoke goalie Emma Clark. Mulcahy finished the first half with four saves, helping Centre carry a 1-0 edge into the break.

Alexis Lester quickly evened the score less than three minutes in the second period, bringing the Maroons level at 1-1.

Following the Roanoke goal, Centre went on an attacking tear that saw it rip 13 shots to Roanoke's one over a near-20-minute span.

Barker, the Colonels' leading scorer, converted one of those for her team-high ninth goal of the season. Sophomore Savannah Elpers (Louisville, Ky.) picked up her third assist on what would be the game-winning goal.

The Maroons made a late push, and even earned a penalty corner as the second half clock expired to set up an ideal attacking position. Lauren Heffron's shot off the corner went wide left of the goal, sealing the Colonels' victory.

Centre finished with more shots (17 to 13), shots on goal (10 to 8) and penalty corners (12 to 8) than Roanoke.

The Colonels continue their road trip next Saturday at DePauw at 12 p.m. ET in what will be the fifth of six consecutive road matches.