The Wilmington Christian School field hockey team backed off a little, holding a two-goal lead with 10 minutes to play.
St. Thomas More promptly rushed into that opening, scored a goal and poured on the pressure to try to tie it. But the Warriors held on for a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
The game was one of 15 to be played in the three-day Turf Bowl, which gives field hockey teams from around the state a chance to play on the smooth, fast surface at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium. The annual event wraps up with four games today, starting with McKean vs. Red Lion Christian at 1 p.m.
“I was proud of my kids,” WCS coach Pam Love said. “We’re young. We’ve got several freshmen out there in key positions. They’re going to be key in the development of our team, and they did some nice things today.”
Neither team scored in the first half, the best chance foiled when St. Thomas More defender Caroline Eliassen stepped in to stop a shot by the Warriors’ Kelly Ogle.
WCS (3-2) got on the board with 25:02 remaining, scoring off a penalty corner. Ogle’s shot hit the right post and bounced across the goal. The Warriors’ Megan McGrail, who had put the ball in play, was standing at the left post to tap it in.
“I’ve been working really hard in practice to be on the post, because that has been a weak spot,” McGrail said. “I’ve been weak on the post, so it feels really good to score like that.”
The Warriors made it 2-0 when freshman Jenna Johnson scored off an assist by Jordan Donovan with 14:29 to go.
“We had a nice passing game,” Love said. “Our kids are starting to learn each other and where they are on the field, you can see that connection.”
But WCS lost a little intensity, and the Ravens (4-1) pulled within 2-1 when Mary Mannion scored on Katlyn Camisky’s assist with 6:12 left. The Ravens played with renewed energy and pushed forward three times in the final three minutes, but the Warriors were able to keep them from another serious scoring chance.