Delmar hockey team finishes 15-0 again: Wildcats blank Sussex Tech 2-0 for 2nd straight unbeaten regular season

Sophomore Morgan Bradford dribbles the ball down the field against Sussex Tech. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

FREDERICA — Sussex Tech High junior goalkeeper Kayla Brady had a game for the ages Tuesday night at DE Turf, racking up 29 saves on 43 shots from the Delmar High field hockey squad.

It wasn’t quite enough to pull away with the upset, though.

The Wildcats used a pair of second-half goals to win the regular season finale, 2-0, and cap the program’s second consecutive 15-0 season.

“It means a lot,” Delmar coach Jodi Hollamon said of the perfect regular season. “Our team is a great group of players and I have high expectations for them all the time, so just being OK isn’t good enough for us. I think that’s why we’re good, because they know we have those expectations.”

Delmar has outscored opponents 100-1 in its 15 games this season, with the lone goal coming against Indian River in a 12-1 win on Oct. 4.

The program’s last regular season loss was Oct. 22, 2016 — a 1-0 road loss at Cape Henlopen.

Outshooting Tech 43-0 and edging them in penalty corners 29-3, Delmar controlled the game for the entire 60 minutes, but Brady and the Tech back line kept them off the scoreboard through the first half of play.

It was just the second time all season the Wildcats were held scoreless in the first half.

Eighth-grader Josie Hollamon scored one of the two goals in the Wildcats’ regular season finale against Sussex Tech.

“I was in the moment. I was like ‘I really want to do this for my team.’ My goal was to try not to let them score five on me, and I tried really hard for that. My defense played amazing, I’m really happy for them,” Brady said.

Fifteen of the 29 corners for Delmar came in the first 30 minutes of the game.

“She’s an outstanding goalkeeper,” Hollamon said. “She made save after save after save and we couldn’t find a way to finish in front of the goal cage and that’s a tribute to her as a keeper.”

It took all of 62 seconds for the Wildcats to finally break the scoreless tie in the second half.

Eighth grader Josie Hollamon put Delmar on the board with a goal at the 28:58 mark of the half.

“With it being 0-0 at halftime, somebody needed to step up and score a goal,” Josie said. “At the half we talked about how we needed to finish in front of the goal cage. We weren’t stepping up to the ball, we needed to pass more we were dribbling too much.”

Ashlyn Carr extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 17:31 mark, slipping the ball just past Brady to hit the back of the cage.
“I just saw that the right side was open – the goalie was cheating a little bit to the left – so I knew to slip it to the right,” Carr explained.

With just one goal on 21 shots against Polytech Thursday, Oct. 25 and two goals on 43 shots Tuesday night, Hollamon hopes her squad can work on executing penalty corners and finishing in front of the cage as they prepare for the DIAA state tournament.

“We just didn’t execute on corners today,” she said. “We had opportunity after opportunity and we just didn’t finish. We had that problem on Thursday against Polytech, so hopefully we will find a way to fix that.”

“We knew what was going wrong,” Josie said. “We were watching them save the ball and they were stepping in front of us. We just needed to finish in front of the goal cage.”

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