After allowing Caesar Rodney to tie the game in the final five minutes of the second half, Tatnall knew that it had to respond quickly if it wanted to win in the first round of the DIAA Field Hockey Tournament.
The Hornets were awarded a penalty corner and capitalized when Cynthia Sellar put in a rebound with 2:57 left to help Tatnall defeat the Riders 3-2 on Wednesday.
“Well, Shay [Cannon] had it, and I knew she was going to the goal so I had to get in front of the goalie,” Sellar said of her goal. “Before I knew it, I had the ball on my stick, and I tipped it in.”
The second-seeded Hornets (14-2) kept Caesar Rodney from getting a good look to tie the game over the final 2:57 to hold on for the victory.
The game was knotted up at 1-1 to start the second half after Alexis Prillaman scored for the Riders and Meredith Boardman scored for Tatnall. The Hornets took the lead 10:50 into the second half when Boardman scored her second goal off of a feed from Margaret Crivelli.
Tatnall had a couple of chances to extend its led after Boardman’s second goal, but 15th-seeded Caesar Rodney’s defense and goalkeeper Kyra Watson blocked several shots to keep it one-goal game.
The Riders (10-6) made the Hornets pay for not putting the game away when they scored off of a penalty corner when Prillaman passed it to Kayla Conley, who deposited the pass into the cage.
After giving up the equalizer, Tatnall head coach Jackie Ciconte was confident that the Hornets would be motivated to find a way to get the go-ahead goal before regulation ended.
“Honestly, I knew that it would light a fire under them. I knew that they could not let up at all. Caesar Rodney came to play and wanted it as much as we did,” Ciconte said. “The girls knew that they had to push even harder to get that goal.”