Sussex Tech scores three unanswered goals, shocks Lake Forest in 3-2 thriller

FELTON – It was a tale of two halves in Felton on Tuesday afternoon.

Lake Forest’s varsity field hockey squad, playing host to the Sussex Tech Ravens, played great defensively throughout the first 30 minutes of the game.

Lake’s senior forward Kallie Moyer scored two first half goals, one coming with 22 seconds to play in the first half, to put the Spartans ahead 2-0 at the break.

Both squads played tight, scoreless ball throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half, but then Sussex Tech’s offense woke up.

Three quick goals from seniors Hannah Venables and Jazmyne Marino and junior Parker Madison put the Ravens ahead 3-2. The three unanswered goals all came within a six-minute span, and the experienced Lake Forest unit had trouble recovering.

“The last 15 minutes, we broke down mentally,” Lake’s head coach Michele Tucker said following the devastating loss. “When they scored that first goal, emotions ran high and we quit playing our game and fell apart.”

With all of the momentum shifting towards Tech’s direction in the final eight minutes of play, the Ravens managed to fend off a few of the Spartans’ late attempts at tying the game.

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Despite putting up just seven shots all game, Sussex Tech pulled off a thrilling 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

“We really have had a rough season so far,” Tech’s head coach Kathleen Fluharty said. “And when we called the timeout, I basically let them know that this could be the turning point in their season. They could score three goals in 15 minutes. But the only way they were going to be able to do it is if we had two or three people cutting back to the ball and putting pressure on the ball.”

Trailing by two goals at the half, Coach Fluharty made a few halftime adjustments, which clearly paid off given the final 15 minutes of play.

“My left back was playing fantastic,” Coach Fluharty said. “So I went ahead and put her up at the right wing and she’s the one who put the second goal in.”

That second goal – scored by Marino – is what knotted the game at two goals apiece at the 11:13 mark in the second half. Less than three minutes later, the go-ahead goal was put between the pipes for the Ravens.

With such a heart-breaking loss for the Lady Spartans, Coach Tucker believes her core group of seniors, such as Kaylee Collison, Karinne Moyer, Caitlin Records and Brooke Tucker can provide enough leadership to regroup and recover from Tuesday’s one-goal loss.

“Tomorrow is a new day,” said Coach Tucker. “The sun is going to come up tomorrow, just like it did today.”

Lake Forest will hit the road and play at Caesar Rodney on Thursday Sept. 29, while Sussex Tech will head back home to host Seaford High School.

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