Elks overcome slow start to top Tigers in field hockey
— The Elkton field hockey team started slow and surrendered the first goal in both halves. Fortunately for the Golden Elks, they quickly shook their slow starts and were dominant the rest of the way.
Rising Sun scored in the game’s opening minutes T uesday, but Elkton responded with threestraight goals before halftime. The Tigers struck again out of the break, only to surrender the final two goals of the afternoon. The Elks earned the 5- 2 nondivisional win.
“We knew that we had to pick up the intensity, we started off a lot slower than we wanted to. But Rising Sun is a great team and we knew that they would capitalize on every mistake that we made,” Elkton coach Renee Dunn said. “We just had to pull it together and stop the silly mistakes and really start making smarter plays to overcome that.”
Junior Vanessa Dunn tal-
lied all three of her team’s first- half goals. Senior Erin DePaul assisted each of the first two.
Julia Herrmann scored the opening goal for the Tigers off of an assist from Taylor Knight. The Tigers (1-1) began the second half with more intensity and controlled possession for the opening minutes. Daija Krygier finished a Biz Hurm assist to close the gap to one, 3- 2.
“There weren’t any changes other than just lighting a fire under them at halftime,” Rising Sun coach Katie Keyes. “I think they had a little bit of a break and realized we still have a whole half to play. I think it gave them some confidence – coming out strong in the second half.”
Nicole Baldino tipped in an assist from Dunn in response to double Elkton’s lead. Kemunto Okindo rounded out the scoring with a goal off of another Dunn assist.
Keyes felt Tuesday’s loss exposed a weakness in her team.
“We have some things to work on. We’ve been working on transition, when the other team is transition- ing and we go from attack to defense. We obviously still need to work on that a little bit,” she said. “I think we just had some break downs in where people are supposed to be and who they’re supposed to be covering.”
The Elks (2-0) opened their season by beating Perr yville for the first time since 2006. Their next scheduled game was can- celed, leaving more than a week between games one and two. Coach Dunn loves what she’s seen so far.
“I couldn’t be happier. The attitudes are great,” she said. “Everyone works so hard and that’s what I love. They give me everything they have. I couldn’t be happier with this team.”
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Elkton junior Vanessa Dunn, right, scored three goals and had two assists during her team’s 5-2 win over visiting Rising Sun in non-divisional field hockey action on Tuesday.