Field hockey: IR offense breaks out with 3-0 shutout of Caesar Rodney

DAGSBORO — In the first three games of the season, the Indian River field hockey squad managed three goals offensively.

In the team’s fourth game Tuesday, Sept. 26, IR’s offense matched that total.

The squad turned in its best showing of 2017, shutting out Caesar Rodney, 3-0, in front of the home crowd. The win pushed IR’s record to 2-0-2 on the year.

“We connected right away, and we kind of kept that spark going throughout the game, which is nice,” IR head coach Jodi Stone said of the win. “It’s fantastic, because we’ve had those opportunities in the past and haven’t been able to capitalize. We capitalized more so than our other games, and we were off to a great start from the get-go, versus our game against Dover where we were playing from behind.”

Sophomore Avery Congleton played a key role in IR’s win, scoring the team’s first goal at the 27:00 mark of the first half. She assisted freshman teammate Kayler Townsend on IR’s second goal at 16:55 mark of the first half.

Freshman Morgan McGee capped the scoring with her second career high school goal at the 16:24 mark of the second half.

Congleton gained varsity experience as a freshman last fall, and is taking full advantage of that valuable experience as a second-year starter for the Lady Indians.

Sophomore Rylie Cordrey recorded a pair of assists in the three-goal victory.

Caesar Rodney put up just two shots on goal all game, with senior goalkeeper Mya Parks making saves on both attempts.

Parks has now recorded a pair of shutouts this season, surrendering only two goals in four games and making 38 saves on 49 total shots from opposing teams.

Parks is one of just six seniors on the 2017 roster, joining Delaney Brannon, Leah Brasure, Kaleigh Cordrey, Samantha Whelen and Katrina Staib.

The Lady Indians will prepare for a three-game road stand beginning at Sussex Central Thursday, Sept. 28 (4 p.m.).

Friday, Sept. 29 IR will be at Worcester Prep (MD) and will travel to Seaford on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

“We’ve connected better today and it was a more fluid game, and we just want to capitalize and keep building onto that,” said coach Stone. “We’ve been working on our transitions and everything just kind of seemed to come together. Everything fell into place today. It was a good win.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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