Hazleton, Pa. - In the second game in less than 24 hours, the Lady Lions were back on the pitch facing NCAA III opponent SUNY Delhi. Unlike Friday night's barnburner, Saturday's outing turned out to be a one-sided affairs as the Broncos handed Hazleton their third loss of the 2018 season by the score of 8-1.
A dominant effort from the Broncos put Hazleton behind the eight ball early on Saturday. Delhi would get off to a fast start as Alexa Scaglione hooked knocked in the Broncos first shot attempt of the afternoon in just the second minute of play. SUNY Delhi would tack on score two more scores in the half, both of which came off the foot of Katie Herba in a one minute span midway through the first period.
Hazleton would bounce back after trailing 3-0 at the midway point. Senior Ariel Rowlands (Dorrance, Pa.) sprung Katie Oldziejewski (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) free in the 69th minute of play. and as Oldziejewski tracked down the pass, the senior would be taken out by the Bronco keeper leading to a penalty shot for the Lady Lions. Junior Madison Polumbo (Hazleton, Pa.) would take the free look for Hazleton, converting the PK and cutting the Bronco lead to a 3-1 advantage with just over 20 minutes remaining.
That score would hold true until the 80th minute when the Broncos surged to put Hazleton away for good. SUNY Delhi would tack on five goals in the time remaining including two rebound goals from Kelsey Ines and another by Herba, giving her a hat trick for the day. In a matter of just over seven minutes of action, the Broncos turned a close game into a lopsided affair 8-1 affair.
Next up: The Lady Lions will get a week of rest before returning to the field on Saturday, September 22. Hazleton will travel to Allentown, Pa. to kick off Penn State University Athletic Conference play, taking on Penn State Lehigh Valley at 2:00 p.m.