Tigers blank Elks in field hockey

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & NATIONAL SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS Spe­cial to the Whig

CALVERT— The Ris­ing Sun field hockey team has slowly been gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing on turf fields over the past cou­ple of years and is be­gin­ning to ad­just to the in­creased pace of play on its sur­face.

That ex­pe­ri­ence paid off for the Tigers Wed­nes­day as they con­trolled the ac­tion for the ma­jor­ity in a 3-0 vic­tory over Elk­ton in non-di­vi­sional ac­tion on the turf field of Calvert Re­gional Park.

“I am def­i­nitely happy with the way they played. Play­ing on turf in the last cou­ple of years ... the dif­fer­ence be­tween grass and turf is a big one,” Ris­ing Sun head coach Katie Keys said. “I think we’re gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing on it, and I think that shows when get to play on it.”

The Tigers (2-2) took con­trol of the game by mak­ing and con­nect­ing on long passes to push the ball on the Golden Elks’ side of the field. They fol­lowed that up by putting con­sis­tent pres­sure on the Elk­ton (2-1) de­fense.

Amanda Har­alds­son put Ris­ing Sun on the board in the game’s eighth minute when she brought the ball into the cir­cle and fired a shot that was slowed by a div­ing goal­keeper be­fore it crossed the line for a goal. She then gave the Tigers a two-goal lead less than six min­utes later when her shot found its way through traf­fic be­fore find­ing the back of the cage.

Bri­anna Fra­zier capped the scor­ing in the game’s 52nd minute when her shot found the back of the cage to give Ris­ing Sun a 3-0 lead. Af­ter­ward, the Tigers noted that their abil­ity to con­trol the game stemmed from de­vel­op­ing strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion with each other.

“I think pass­ing, talk­ing and en­cour­ag­ing each other helped us a lot,” Har­alds­son said.

UCBAC Girls’ Soc­cer Edge­wood 2, North East 0

The In­di­ans fall to 0-2.

Jop­pa­towne 3, Per­ryville 0 The Pan­thers fall to 0-2.

UCBAC Boys’ Soc­cer Har­ford Tech 1, Elk­ton 0 (OT)

The Golden Elks fall to 2-2.

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