Indians battle back to edge the Elks under lights at UD
NEWARK, DEL. — North East entered the second half of its non-divisional field hockey battle with Elkton trailing by one goal under the bright lights of the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium Monday night.
The Indians controlled the tempo in the second half, creating several scoring chances, and they finished a pair of opportunities in a three minute stretch to rally past the Golden Elks 2-1.
“The girls just dug deep. We said, ‘We just need to pass to each other, pull and put it together, and you guys can do this.’ So, they dug deep,” North East head coach Kendie Hudson said. “They’re a second-half team.”
Elkton (4-4) took the lead in the game’s 13th minute with Hannah Moore’s goal,
and maintained that advantage well into the second half. But after halftime, the Indians (4-4) began to tilt the action on their offensive end.
That pressure eventually led to North East earning four successive penalty corners. On the fourth corner, the Indians found the back of the cage when Kiley Day scored to tie the game at 1-1 with 17:54 left.
Hudson said North East’s ability to create so many penalty corners was a combination of being in the right spot and playing smart.
“We just earned quick foul after quick foul and playing good hockey,” she said. “We stayed in good position, and they kept their foot were it needed to be and get a foot when you don’t have a goal.”
The Indians did not let up after getting the equalizer as they continued to increase the pressure. Just three minutes after Day’s goal, Abbey Riley gave her team a 2-1 lead when her shot trickled across the line for the goal.
“I had the mentality that we had to score, and I was really hungr y for a goal,” Riley said. “I knew if I had the ball down there, I had to stay low and get it in the goal no matter what.”
North East continued to control possession over the final 15 minutes of the game, which prevented the Golden Elks from creating scoring chances down the stretch.
Riley noted the excitement of playing on the Blue Hens’ turf field.
“It’s amazing. It’s one the highlights of your high school career. It’s something you’ll always look back on,” Riley said.
Eagles blanked by Titans
Playing in the first of three games held at University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium, Bohemia Manor fell to Tome 4-0 in non-conference field hockey action on Monday.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 2-7 overall.