Lo­cal field hockey teams com­pete at UD


NE­WARK, DEL. — Ris­ing Sun dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish on Divi­sion-I col­le­giate turf.

The Tigers blanked Per­ryville 5-0 in the third and fi­nal game of the all-Ce­cil field hockey tour­na­ment at Uni­ver­sity of Delaware’s Fred P. Rullo Sta­dium, Mon­day night.

Ris­ing Sun thrilled its home­town fans that made the trip across the state line for this an- nual event, keep­ing the ball in Pan­ther ter­ri­tory for vir­tu­ally all of the first half. Per- ryville man­aged just one shot on goal in the con­test.

“I think we did a great job work­ing to­gether as a team,” Tigers head coach Katie Keyes said. “We’ve been prac­tic­ing on turf, and we ad­justed to the Astro­Turf pretty well. They were ex­cited and they were well pre­pared. We had some nice block tack­les, so if we lost pos­ses­sion, we got it right back.”

Amanda Harolds­son and Julie Her­rman each scored two goals for the Tigers (3-7), and Her­rman also added an as­sist.

“It was su­per ex­cit­ing, I love play­ing un­der the lights,” Her­rman said.

Ris­ing Sun’s of­fen­sive at­tack re­sulted in four shots over the first 10 min­utes of the game. That suc­cess fi­nally paid off in the 19th minute, when the Pan­ther de­fense was caught out of po­si­tion, and Harolds­son was left alone in the scor­ing cir­cle. She punched the ball through to put the Tigers on the board, and then she scored again just 61 sec­onds later.

Her­rman added her two goals in the clos­ing min­utes of the half to give the Tigers a com­mand­ing 4-0 lead.

“I haven’t scored in a cou­ple of games, and I ac­tu­ally got to do one of my moves where I did a pull right around the goalie and hit it in,” Her­rman said. “Since we had the lead go­ing into the sec­ond half, we all de­cided to have fun with it.”

Emily Nguyen com­pleted the scor­ing for Ris­ing Sun with a goal in the 40th minute.

Per­ryville (3-5) had backto-back penalty cor­ners in the 48th minute, but couldn’t score. Pan­thers goal­keeper Gabby Fra­zier fin­ished with six saves.

The Tigers go right back to work after this big win un­der the big lights.

“We play to­mor­row at Har­ford Tech, so hope­fully we keep this mo­men­tum go­ing,” Keyes said.

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