Field Hockey Opens with a Win Over Georgetown
DAVIDSON — The Davidson Wildcats just kept knocking at the door Friday night, and it finally opened.
Charlie Kabelac’s goal in the 41st minute proved to be the difference as the Davidson field hockey team earned a season-opening 1-0 victory over Georgetown at Belk Turf Field.
It’s the Wildcats’ first season-opening win since 2015, also a 1-0 victory against the Hoyas.
On Friday, the Wildcats had a 12-5 shots-on-goal advantage and a 10-7 edge on penalty corners, but were repeatedly denied by Hoyas keeper Ciara Weets, who made challenging save after challenging save to keep the game scoreless. Ultimately, the breakthrough came when Kabelac scored off a Caroline Wack assist on a third period corner.
“They kept the faith even as we were having trouble getting the goal,” said Davidson coach Zoe Almquist. “Credit to the Georgetown goalie — she was fabulous. We knew we just had to keep going until we could find that opportunity.”
The goal is the second in Kabelac’s career, after the junior midfielder also scored against Ohio last year.
The Davidson defense did its part as well, led by keeper Genna Barge, who made five saves, including a point-blank one in the final seconds.
“We’ve been working so hard in the spring and in the preseason to get in the season and have a great start,” said Kabelac. “I think this just demonstrates all the effort we’ve been putting in, on the field and off.”