BEAR – The Caravel field hockey team controlled possession by moving the ball back-and-forth across the field in its DIAA first-round matchup with visiting William Penn Tuesday evening.
The second-seeded Buccaneers used that possession to generate several scoring opportunities, and they capitalized on those chances to earn a 3-0 victory over the 15th-seeded Colonials to advance to the quarterfinals.
“We have been working and working and working on possessing the ball and using both sides of the field. We’ve been working on playing the diagonal ball if we see space out there and drawing the other team, which was tough with William Penn because they were right on us,” Caravel head coach Sarah Keever said. “Draw the other team one direction, and then use the other side to send it across the field to get them running back and forth.”
The pressure from the Buccaneers paid off in the game’s fifth minute when they were awarded a corner. Megan North delivered the corner pass to Sydney Keld, who stopped the ball before feeding it to Olivia Duarte, and Duarte rocketed the shot into the net to give Caravel a 1-0 lead 4:35 into the first half.
The scored remained that way until the 13th minute of the second half when Duarte scored her second goal on a penalty stroke to make it 2-0. The Buccaneers capped the scoring when Keld deposited a Lauren Phillips feed into the cage that increased their lead to 3-0 two minutes later.
With the win, the Buccaneers advance to the quarterfinals where they will play the winner of Wednesday’s Polytech-Archmere game, and they hope that can carry how they played against William Penn into the next game.
“We still have stuff to work on, and that’s a really exciting thing because I think we’re playing well,” Duarte said. “I think we’re going to keep getting better and, hopefully, carry this momentum into this game.”
Padua 2, St. Georges Tech 0
The Pandas struggled to find a way to get on the scoreboard early in the first half of its first round DIAA Field Hockey State Tournament matchup against the Hawks on Tuesday as it was not in a rhythm.
The top-seeded Pandas started to gel in the latter stages of the half, leading to Angela Taglione’s goal to take the lead, and after holding off a Hawks surge in the early stages of the second half, Padua added an insurance goal to win 2-0 and advance to the second round.
“Our communication was down,” Pandas head coach Jayne Hughes said. “When we lack communication, our girls don’t know where each other are at. Once we start communicating, we’re really unstoppable.”
The Pandas had trouble connecting on passes for most of the first half, which prevented them from getting quality chances, and that allowed the 16th-seeded Hawks to clear the ball out and go on the counter.
Around the 20 minute mark of the first half, Padua started communicating better and connect their passes, and eventually that paid off when Taglione pushed an Ashlee Brentlinger pass into the net to make it 1-0.
“Our passing got better and working together,” Taglione said. “Ashlee tipped it over, and a lot of the defenders were there. I just pushed it in.”
The second half saw St. Georges control the action early, creating several chances, but goalkeeper Hailey Power made several saves to keep the Pandas in front, which was followed by Hughes calling timeout to remind her team there was plenty of time remaining to respond to the Hawks’ charge.
Padua responded to the Hughes challenge, and just past the halfway point of the second half, Kathryn Buczik scored in traffic to increase the Pandas’ lead to 2-0.
The win sends Padua to the quarterfinals, which will take place Saturday against the winner of Wednesday’s Friends-Conrad game.