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CLAYMONT – Archmere came back from a halftime deficit on May 7 to defeat Ursuline, 13-11, in nonconference field hockey in a game at home that was not a home game.
The rainy weather forced the game from Ursuline’s Serviam Field to Archmere, which has turf, but the Auks wore their road uniforms and acted as the visitors. They were trailing by a goal at the half but rebounded for the win.
Presley Conaty got Archmere on the board first, scoring off a feed from Delaney Dearing just 24 seconds into the game. The Raiders responded as Jill Lyons scored twice, the first on a free shot, to give Ursuline the lead.
The Auks tied it up, but Erin O’Doherty added back-to-back goals as Ursuline took a 4-2 with 15:53 left in the first half. Dearing and Kennedy Murphy each scored on pretty passing plays to tie the contest, but the Raiders scored three of the next four to grab a 7-5 lead.
Dearing then gave the Auks momentum going into the half with two big goals for another tie, this one at seven each.
“The team was running its plays and finding the cutter, and the goals gave us momentum,” Dearing said.
O’Doherty untied it with 18 seconds to go until halftime, and in the second half, the Raiders extended the lead on a man-up goal. The teams traded goals, but Archmere tied it at 10 on Conaty’s hat trick goal with 17:42 remaining.
It was O’Doherty again on a free shot to again give Ursuline the lead, and Archmere had a goal disallowed for an equipment violation a few minutes later. The Auks scored again, with this one counting, on a goal by Julia Collins, and Dearing followed off a feed from Anna Baxter for the 12-11 Archmere lead with 9:55 left.
Archmere faced some adversity shortly thereafter, picking up a yellow card on the bench and another on Conaty to give the Raiders a two-player advantage for two minutes. Since those were the third and fourth yellow cards for the Auks, they would have to play the final 9:30 shorthanded.
They scored a player down with 6:30 left, then controlled the ball off the next draw and kept it away from the Raiders to hold on for the win. Archmere coach Allison Kern was impressed with her team’s poise.
“The team had to stay mentally tough this week with Polytech earlier in the week and especially today, playing two men down,” she said. “They stayed poised and controlled the ball.”
The Auks (8-3) host Sussex Tech on Monday at 4 p.m. The Raiders (8-3) are on the road as they travel to Charter on Tuesday for a 3:45 p.m. start.