Sussex Tech field hockey team aiming to make a run

GEORGETOWN – There’s no substitute for experience.

Fortunately for Sussex Tech’s relatively raw field hockey team, it is gaining some helpful knowledge on the fly.

Sussex Tech's field hockey team still has playoff aspirations. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Sussex Tech’s field hockey team still has playoff aspirations. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

“Inexperience on the field, we have only three players that started every game last year,” said head coach Kathleen Fluharty, whose Lady Ravens are 2-3-1 through last week’s games. “We have the potential to play great hockey. At this point they just need to do the little things that win games.”

Tech’s most recent victory, 2-1 last Tuesday over Lake Forest, was proof that the Ravens are capable of doing the little things.

After being held scoreless by the Lady Spartans for nearly 40 minutes, the Ravens finally broke through with an Aleksandra Bada goal off junior Bridget Johnson’s assist only to watch Lake knot the score 1-1 when senior Alyssa Santore rattled the cage moments later.

Rather than putting its head down, Tech reclaimed the lead in the 57th minute when senior Annie Perdue got an open look from the right side of the scoring circle and fired the game-winning shot into the back of the cage.  The winning shot, Perdue said, was the result of listening to her coaches.

“We’ve been practicing taking it right and going to open spots,” said Perdue, whose goal came off an assist from junior Hannah Venables. “The ball was in an open spot and I just nailed it in there.

“In the past the ladies have been getting their heads down,” Perdue added. “Hopefully this will get our spirits up and we’ll start realizing how good we are and see how far we can get. I think we’re a pretty good team.”

Throughout the game the Tech defense showed it could be one of the conference’s best, limiting Lake scoring chances inside 25 yards of the goal. Four of those Spartans’ opportunities came in the game’s final minute off penalty corners and the Ravens defenders came through every time.

“We have a very strong defense,” Fluharty said. “I’m glad they were able to pull it off, we needed a big win.

“We’re coming from the bottom and working our way back up.”

Sussex Tech is scheduled to host conference opponent Woodbridge on Tuesday, 4 p.m., and then be at Smyrna on Thursday.

Lake Forest hosts powerhouse Cape Henlopen Tuesday, 4 p.m., and is at rival Milford on Thursday.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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