WILMINGTON – With time ticking down in their game on Oct. 4, the Ursuline Raiders’ field hockey team was close to knocking Wilmington Friends from the ranks of the unbeaten. But the Quakers’ relentless pressure in the latter part of the second half paid off as they tied the game with 80 seconds to go, and an overtime goal gave them a 2-1 win at Serviam Field.
Friends really cranked up the offense with about nine minutes remaining in regulation, and that carried into the extra session. The game winner came nearly five minutes into the 15-minute 7-on-7 extra period, when Anna Erskine was in the right place to snag an attempted clearing kick by Raiders goalie Cleo Troy and drilled the ball into the cage. Christina Aleman, who had sent the crossing pass that Troy attempted to boot out of harm’s way, picked up the assist.
The Quakers moved to 6-0 despite allowing a goal for the first time all season. Ursuline put a charge in the home crowd with 10:45 to go in the first half. On a penalty corner, eighth-grader Juliana Copeman had the ball near the top of the circle to the left of Quakers goalie Emma Davis. She found an open Allie Thomas, who beat Davis low.
That goal followed a four-minute period in which Ursuline had its best pressure of the afternoon. Davis made a few saves, and the Quakers fought off two penalty corners before Thomas converted on the third in a one-minute span.
Friends came out in the second half with renewed vigor, and the Quakers controlled the pace of play throughout the second half. They had four penalty-corner opportunities within two minutes nearly halfway through the 30-minute half, but came up empty time and again. A Quakers shot went wide with just 2:57 to go in regulation, and the possibility of a Raiders upset loomed large.
But on the final penalty corner of the second half, Erskine found Simone Veale with a pass, and Veale sent the ball past a screened Davis to tie the score.
Friends outshot Ursuline, seven to four, and the Quakers had 13 penalty corners to the Raiders’ four. Wilmington Friends returns to action Friday at 4 p.m. at Wilmington Charter, while Ursuline (3-3-1) seeks to end a three-game losing streak on Thursday at home against Tatnall at 3:45 p.m.