IR field hockey ends week with wins

Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 29.Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 29.After defeating Caesar Rodney High School’s varsity field hockey team 3-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 26, at home, the Indian River High School team went on the road for two wins later in the week.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Indians slayed Sussex Central’s Golden Knights, and on Friday, Sept. 29, they blew the feathers off of Worcester Prep’s Fighting Mallards, 10-3, to improving their record to 4-0-2.

The Indians got both of their goals against the Golden Knights in the first period.

Senior midfielder Kaleigh Cordrey struck first, with 21:44 minutes remaining in the first period. Then, with 0:19 seconds left in the first period, sophomore attacker Avery Congleton scored the Indians second and final goal, with an assist from freshmen attacker Kayler Townsend.

“It really was fun. Everybody worked good as a team, and we were very successful,” freshman attacker Kayler Townsend said of the win.

Looking ahead to the Sept. 29 game against Worcester Prep, she predicted, “Tomorrow night, we’re going to play just as good, maybe even better. We’re just going to try our best every time to work as a team.”

“This is our sister rival school,” explained IR head coach Jodi Stone of Prep. “Before Molly (Chamberlin) came on board to coach at Indian River, she was the Millsboro Middle School coach, so she coached all of these girls, so they know all of the tricks of the trade we have, so to speak.

“They played really well,” Stone added of the Indians. “We worked on several strategies during Wednesday’s practice so they were able to execute them. We’re really proud of their performance today. Playing three conference games in one week at the high school level is pretty tough, and they’re back-to-back, without a day of recovery. But these girls can handle it. They’re ready for it.”

On Friday, they traveled to Berlin, Md., where they saw a field that looked more like a golf course putting green than a field hockey surface. But looks can be deceiving. The impressive green field was fast in spots but quickly became choppy after heavy play.

“The surface of the field absolutely changes the play of the game, and we did a fantastic job. We were able to move some players around and try some different things, and we’re just excited,” beamed Stone.

IR’s offense scored four goals in the first period and six in the second period. They scored early and often, starting with Townsend’s first of three goals, with 25:54 minutes left to play. With an assist from Townsend, sophomore attacker Rylie Cordrey extended that lead at the 23-minutes-remaining mark.

Worcester got their first goal with 20:18 minutes left to play, making it 2-1 in IR’s favor. But IR extended their lead to 3-1 with 16:47 minutes left on the clock. That time, it was Congleton swatting in the goal, with an assist by Rylie Cordrey.

The Indians’ final point of the first period was a horn-beater. With just seconds remaining on the clock, sophomore mid-fielder Kaylee Hall slapped in their final point of the first period.

IR led 4-1 at the break and would return to score six more goals, to the Fighting Mallards’ two. Hall and Townsend had three goals each in the match. Townsend also had two assists. Rylie Cordrey hit two goals and recorded three assists. The Indians had eight shots and seven penalty corners to Worcester’s four. Mya Parks had two saves and Allyson Clark had one.

“It was a tough week. It was our third game of the week, but the girls prevailed, and now we’re looking forward to next week,” Stone said.

This week, the Indians will travel to Seaford on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and host Delmar on Thursday, Oct. 12. Both games begin at 4 p.m.