Tatnall’s Shay Cannon received a pass from Jennifer Davis with 27 minutes left to play in Tuesday’s field hockey game against Wilmington Christian.
Cannon fired into the cage, and the Hornets thought they finally took the lead. Officials ruled no goal because of ball height, but Cannon stayed poised.
Less than a minute later, out of a penalty corner, Cannon set up another shot and made it count as Tatnall bounced back from an early deficit to win 3-1 against the Warriors for its second victory of the season.
“I was frustrated, but I knew I had to get it back,” said Cannon, who believed she had the goal with her initial shot. “I was ready to score again.”
Wilmington Christian, ranked No. 5 by The News Journal, came out ready to play in its season opener. Only two minutes had ticked off the clock in the first half when sophomore Jenny Kurlej scored the lone goal for the Warriors.
The Warriors controlled much of the offense in the opening minutes, but with a little under 10 minutes left in the first, Cannon cleared away from the Warrior defenders and shot from about 20 feet out. Sophomore Meredith Boardman then tipped in the shot and the Hornets knotted the game.
“They caught us on our heels because we didn’t come out ready to play,” said Tatnall coach Jackie Ciconte. “They should have come out with more of a fire in their bellies, and they learned very quickly how easy it is for the game to go south.”
Although Ciconte wished her girls started off stronger, she was pleased with how her team responded. The Tatnall program has been successful in the past couple of years, and Ciconte believes this year her team can be a state title contender if each member continues to bring their skill levels together.
“I knew we would come back because we score on the opportunities that we have, and in the first few minutes we didn’t have many opportunities,” Cannon said.
Tatnall continued to pressure in the second half. After a corner was awarded to the Hornets, Cynthia Sellar dished to Davis and scored an insurance goal, but not before the Warriors’ defense blocked three consecutive shots.
In its first two games, six different Tatnall players have scored to help secure victories. Cannon, a senior captain, credited the Hornets’ defensive effort in the team’s early wins.
“I think the thing that’s really come along is our defense,” Cannon said. “Our defense has been able to get balls out, and we’ve only had one goal scored on us in two games.”