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DaCosta’s overtime tally lifts Auks field hockey past Charter

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Dialog reporter

 

CLAYMONT – On three consecutive possessions in overtime of the Oct. 28 field hockey game between Wilmington Charter and Archmere, Leah DaCosta inbounded the ball on a penalty corner for the Auks, and three times Charter was whistled for an infraction resulting in another penalty corner. The fourth time was the last, as DaCosta picked up a rebound and sent it into the cage to lift Archmere to a 2-1 win.

Erin Scott of Charter sends her inbounds pass toward Archmere's Caroline Donovan. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)
Erin Scott of Charter sends her inbounds pass toward Archmere’s Caroline Donovan. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The play unfolded two and a half minutes into the extra session. After the inbounds, DaCosta positioned herself to the right of the Charter goalie, received a pass and took a shot that was kick-saved. DaCosta got her own rebound, but her second shot was rejected. Delaney Dearing picked up the ball and sent a short cross to DaCosta. The senior turned and rolled a shot on net that got through a defender and the goalie.

After a slow start, Archmere (10-3) was in control most of the chilly afternoon, but they could muster just the 1-0 lead. That came at the 6:01 mark of the first half, again resulting from a penalty corner. The Auks appeared to have scored on the play, but the Force was called for an infraction, giving the Auks a penalty stroke. Lorin Donovan’s shot was about waist high and went off the left arm of the goalie before trickling into the cage.

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Leah DaCosta scored the overtime winner for Archmere. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Earlier in the half, Dearing was stopped by a waffleboard save, and the rebound was knocked off the goal line by a defender. They were also foiled on a diving save minutes after Donovan scored, and again a defender knocked away a rebound. The score was 1-0 at intermission.

Neither team could muster much offense in the second half. Charter’s Paige Lamey saved a goal by laying out to stop an Archmere shot with 7:45 left, and the Force finally got some momentum. Charter earned a rare penalty corner with less than six minutes remaining, and Amber Ritzinger sent a shot to the far post to tie the score with at the 5:29 mark. Kendall Adkins picked up the assist.

The Auks host upstate power Tower Hill on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before ending the regular season next Thursday at Mount Pleasant at 3:45 p.m. Charter lost its fourth straight to fall to 6-7. They wrap up the regular season with a pair of road contests, at A.I. DuPont on Monday at 3:45 p.m. and at Padua on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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