Turf Bowl: Delmar field hockey team defeats Indians, improves to 11-0

Delmar’s Josie Hollamon weaves through a pair of Indian River defenders during the unbeaten Wildcats’ 4-1 victory at the field hockey Turf Bowl Saturday at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

NEWARK — It was the toughest challenge Delmar High had faced all season.

Indian River High, enjoying one of its best starts to a season in program history, controlled the game for much of the second half, putting pressure on the Wildcats’ backline and creating scoring opportunities inside the circle.

In the end, Delmar pulled away with the 4-1 field hockey victory at the Turf Bowl at University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Henlopen Conference Southern Division win improves Delmar’s overall record to 11-0 (4-0 South), handing IR its first loss as it drops to 10-1 (2-1 South).

“Indian River was fast, they were athletic. We knew that coming in — they were 10-0, we were 10-0,” said coach Jodi Hollamon. “It was a pleasure to come here and be able to face them and, the way I see it, I’m pretty sure that may end up being what happens towards the end of the season as well.

Indian River’s Emma Ruley, left, Rylie Cordrey and Jessica Rybicki celebrate Cordrey’s first-half goal against Delmar at the Turf Bowl on Saturday.

“They are the best team we’ve faced so far. They did not give up, they hustled, they were right where they needed to be and they made good tackles.”

Freshman midfielder Josie Hollamon scored a pair of goals, while senior Logan Walls and sophomore Ella Shockley scored one each. Junior Morgan Bradford registered one assist.

The Wildcats outshot Indian River, 17-9, while IR edged them in penalty corner attempts, 5-4. Four of those five attempts came in the second half.

The Turf Bowl, the annual three-day event featuring hockey action from across the state, featured eight Saturday games, beginning with a game at 9:30 a.m. and capped by an 8 p.m. matchup under the UD lights.

Four of those eight games included downstate teams.

The field hockey festival kicked off Friday night and will conclude today with six games beginning at 11 a.m. and wrapping up at 6:30 p.m.

Smyrna High and Caesar Rodney High will battle it out in a Henlopen North showdown at 2 p.m., promptly followed by a battle between Milford High and Woodbridge High.

In the remaining Saturday downstate matchups, Dover High defeated Sussex Central High in a Henlopen North showdown.

The Senators (6-2-2) outshot Sussex Central, 15-2, and earned the penalty corner edge six to two.

Dover’s Superia Clark dribbles down the field against Sussex Central.

Junior Chelsea Johnson led the offense with a pair of goals, while sophomores Superia Clark and Alayna Gigliotti added one each. Senior Ally Manifold registered two assists with junior Kendra Durrington adding one of her own.

Cape Henlopen High continued its run with a 3-2 victory over Lake Forest High.

Seniors Abby Kane and Cameron Smith and sophomore midfielder Noelle Sabbagh netted the goals for Cape (9-1).

After trailing 2-0 at the break, Lake responded with a pair of goals through the first 14 minutes of the second half to tie the score up. Smith’s go-ahead goal with under three minutes to play ended up being the decider.

Unionville High (Pa.) defeated Sussex Tech High, dropping the Ravens to 5-6, to wrap up the Henlopen action for the day.

With just four games remaining on its schedule, Delmar was glad to be challenged by IR in the three-goal victory.

“Their speed really helped them out, and they also put high pressure on us in the back field, so we needed harder passes to get around them,” said Josie Hollamon. “So, I think their high-intensity really helped them a lot today.”

Walls put the Wildcats on the board early with her goal at the 23:22 mark of the first half.

A few minutes later, Delmar drew its first corner attempt of the game. Bradford brought the ball out on the corner, passing it in to Hollamon who immediately drove it into the back of the cage to extend the lead to 2-0 with 18:38 to go in the half.

With under seven minutes until the break, Indian River drew its first corner attempt and took full advantage of the opportunity inside the circle.

With the assist from Brynn McCabe, Cordrey used a backhand shot to put the ball in the back of the cage and cut the lead in half, 2-1.
It was just the third goal scored on Delmar all season.

“I definitely feel like they were intense offensively today,” said Delmar goalkeeper Kelly Davis, who finished with five saves. “I think, our defense, we didn’t react necessarily as well as we should have to that, but I think with some work we’ll react better next time.”

Shockley put the Wildcats back ahead by a pair of goals when she scored with 2:02 remaining in the half to take the 3-1 lead into the break.

The lone goal scored in the second half was a Hollamon goal on a penalty stroke at the 15:52 mark.

Cordrey appeared to score her second goal just a few minutes later to cut the lead in half again, but the goal was waved off due to it being considered a dangerous shot.

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