Published on November 21, 2013 | by Jordan Treveil0
UAL women’s hockey fall to heavy defeat
The University of Arts women’s hockey 1st team fell to a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of table toppers Queen Mary women’s 1st at Luxborough Lane.
Mary’s forward Georgie Elliot incredibly notched four of her sides five goals, helping the visitors retain their impressive 100% league winning start.
After a cagey opening five minutes, Arts Goalkeeper Jocelyn Anquetil was forced into a run of four consecutive saves within a minute, with the pick being a strong left hand palm that diverted the ball wide of danger.
But on the seventh minute, Anquetil was finally beaten when Mary’s star Georgie Elliot, swept a fierce drive into the bottom corner.
Arts huffed and puffed but on the 20th minute mark it they should have been two down; Elliot evaded a couple of challenges and unselfishly squared it to Mary’s number nine who missed the target from all of three yards.
Just before the half-time break Mary made it 2-0: Mary’s midfield dictator Eleanor James saw a ferocious strike pushed out by Anquetil, only for Elliot to sweep in the rebound.
Three minutes into the second half, Arts skipper Sasha Morse refused to give up and a mesmerising dribble saw her skin two opponents and cross for Sarah Bell who forced the Mary’s keeper into her first save of the game.
That was as good as it got for Arts in terms of goal attempts, and penalty corner soon saw the puck arrive at the stick of Elliot who drilled in the third.
Elliot then set up the fourth before racing through on the helpless Anquetil late on, easily picking her spot to make it a five star showing for Queen Mary.
Mary’s Eleanor James was extremely gracious, and expressed her happiness for her sides display. “It was a real good team performance out there today” explained James. “We knew that the Arts girls would be tough opposition as they are a good side, so a 5-0 win away is very good”
The result came as a huge disappointment for the Arts after a run of back to back wins prior to this fixture and forward Harriet Leviston called for a more resilient approach: “We played well at times, but the fact of the matter is we were far too hesitant in attack. As arts students we need to shake of any perceptions others have of us and become a lot tougher.”