The Braves put two balls into the back of the net in quick succession in the first half of a match with visiting Oxford, and made those hold up, taking a 2-0 win.
Erin Donnelly broke the scoreless tie with a nice goal about 10 minutes into the game. Coming up the right side of the field, Donnelly connected from about 25 yards out, lofting a perfect ball over a leaping Liz Hamilton, the Oxford keeper. The ball found its way into the far side of the goal, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, the Braves struck again. This time Donnelly tried a shot from close range, but Hamilton was able to get her gloves on it and deflect it away. Alex Davis took the deflection, and with Hamilton on the ground, blasted it in for an easy goal.
Oxford mounted somewhat of a comeback in the second half, playing more aggressively and seizing control of more of the action. But Lisa Richardson turned away all three real shots on goal by Oxford, and preserved the 2-0 shut out victory.
Octorara out shot the Hornets in the game by a 13-3 margin, with Richardson only needing to make three saves to get the win.
"We had a good first half, but we really didn't play very well in the second half," said Octorara coach Kent Buohl. "Lisa Richardson came up with three nice saves, three big saves that really saved the game for us."
Helping out Richardson on the defensive side of the field was Carly Russell.
"Carly did a great job holding down the back for us," said Buohl. "Stephanie Buohl did a nice job at midfield, and obviously Erin Donnelly had a very strong game."
In the Braves' previous game, the girls took Garnet Valley to overtime, but ultimately fell by a 2-1 score. Buohl landed the lone Octorara goal of the game. In a game where the Jags out shot Octorara 16-4, Richardson once again came up big, turning away all but two shots in recording 14 saves.