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Women's hockey team loses against UCL

by Tom Henderson

Women's captain Caitlin BlackA last minute goal sealed a 2-0 defeat for Arts ladies hockey team away at University College London.

Both goals came in the second half, sealing a disappointing day for last year’s BUCS cup semi- finalists.

The first goal began from a UCL long corner in the 54th minute that was lazily defended allowing a UCL attacker to slot home from short range at the back post.

And in the dying moments of the game, UCL created a similar opportunity in the bottom right corner for the ball to end up unattended at the back post allowing an opposing striker to hit into the net.

Nerves

The game began with a few nervous exchanges, yet UAL soon opposed themselves on the opposition, dominating in possession and territory.  

UAL midfielder, Georgie Edwards, gave UCL defenders a headache all afternoon, and started off in the sixth minute with a run into the opposition's shooting circle that won the first of eight short corners that UAL failed to cash in on throughout the game.  

UCL did well feeding off scraps of possession, taking advantage of the UAL eagerness to attack, catching Arts on the counter numerous times.

A new look Arts back three in defence comprising of fresher’s Grace Lant, Kelly Becker and second year Fran Buss did, at times, look lightweight; Becker was often caught one on one, but thankfully for the Arts nothing was getting past the Belgian-born defender.

Khenye Gager fluttered on the wings, but to no avail, as Arts became increasingly guilty of ploughing down the centre letting UCL escape the first half all square.

Fatigue

Captain Caitlin Black
"It was a dificult game...we'll be able to beat them next time."

A failure to dig in when fatigue set in midway through the second half eventually cost Arts this opening fixture of the season.

UCL confidence grew as did their share of possession and visits to the Arts shooting circle became regular.

Veteran hockey starlet Kate Beesley dropped back into defense from midfield yet all efforts were fruitless in holding back the UCL dominance.

Arts team captain Caitlin Black was positive in defeat: “It was a difficult game, but I think after we get our fitness up and have trained together [more], we’ll be able to beat them next time.”


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