#5 UVa Field Hockey Tops Richmond 2-1 in Overtime Shootout - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

#5 UVa Field Hockey Tops Richmond 2-1 in Overtime Shootout

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Jenny Johnstone had nine saves for Virginia Jenny Johnstone had nine saves for Virginia

The #5 Virginia field hockey team beat Richmond 2-1 Wednesday in an overtime shootout at University Hall Turf Field.

The game was tied at 1-1 after regulation, two sudden death overtime periods, and the first round of penalty strokes, before senior Carissa Vittese found the back of the cage for the game-winning goal for the Wahoos.

"Nothing was going through my mind," says Vittese.  "It was just, 'Let's get this over with, so we don't have to keep doing this.'  I literally thought I was going to throw up."

UVa goalie Jenny Johnstone made nine saves in the game, and denied the Spiders on a couple of good chances in the shootout, even though she's not particularly fond of the penalty stroke format.

"Well, I hate them," the junior from Scotland said, with a laugh.  "They're incredibly stressful.  You just have to go out and forget everything else.  I don't like the team shouting my name, and cheering me on.  I prefer to just go chill out by myself, and take every save as it comes."

Head coach Michelle Madison adds, "Jenny was phenomenal in overtime.  It's not her favorite thing to do, but she had double saves on three of four of the shots.  And for Carissa to have composure like that as a senior, to freeze the goalie, a beat a good goalie like that, it was fantastic."

Richmond goalie Anna Zarkoski made 17 saves for the Spiders.

Freshman Lucy Hyams scored her first career goal off a rebound in the first half to give UVa a 1-0 lead.

Virginia (5-0) will play two games at a tournament this weekend in Vermont, before returning to host in its ACC opener September 20th.

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