Sheffield University Hockey Women’s 1s lost 1-0 against Loughborough University Hockey Women 2s in a neck-to-neck game at Goodwin.
Both teams began intensely with very little separating the sides. Despite the bad weather, both teams put themselves out there and put on a spectacular match.
In the first half of the match, Sheffield Uni were trying desperately to find loopholes in Loughborough’s defence in order to take the lead. However, the rock-solid defence from Loughborough was a challenge for Sheffield to breakthrough.
Their opponent blocked the attacks from the Black and Gold team boldly. Both teams were fighting for control in the first half of the match, and Sheffield focused more on long distance passes to move defenders from Loughborough around and, a for a period of time, they were successful in doing so.
A possible breakthrough may have turned the game around. However, Sheffield missed the chance when the ball went wide and they then had a couple of chances to take the lead but just couldn’t find a goal.
While Sheffield were still figuring out their momentum, Loughborough spotted an opportunity and grabbed it without making a mistake. The opponent managed to break through the defence of Sheffield Uni by scoring the first goal and taking the lead.
In the second half, Sheffield strengthened their defence and made it hard for the opposing team to breakthrough.
Sheffield failed to find the goal they needed to equalise and hence had to settle for a 1-0 defeat.
Fiona Small said: “It was a very intense game. It was end to end. Everyone was very even. It’s just unlucky they got one goal there and we couldn’t convert.”