After dropping their first two games, Indian River’s varsity field hockey team is headed in the right direction with their 5-1 victory over Lake Forest on Oct. 6. The win marked their fourth conference win of the season and fourth win in the past five games.
The first half of the Oct. 6 was a story of missed opportunities — until forward Molly Chamberlin poked in a Shawnee Seitz assist for Indian River’s first goal. Indian River took 11 shots up until that point, though three were saved; but finally, their offense found some consistency and Seitz was an integral part of their success.
With forward Jordan Warrington out with a broken nose, Head Coach Pativa McKean had to make some adjustments and moving Seitz to forward was the ticket. She scored the Lady Indians’ second goal about a minute after Chamberlin’s, on a two-goal/three-assist day.
Fellow forward Ali Ambrose rounded out the Lady Indian’s scoring by adding two goals in the second half.
Just before halftime, Indian River had a 2-0 lead and the momentum, but Lake Forest took a much-needed timeout in an attempt to put something together.
The timeout was the medicine for Lake Forest’s ills. The Lady Spartans cut the Lady Indians’ lead quickly, navigating Indian River’s defense. Lauren Jacobs dished off a pass to Whitney Betts, who rocketed a shot past Indians goalie Kathryn Riley.
“Lake Forest really deserved that goal before the half,” said McKean. “They worked it down for the score. I told the girls to keep their attitude and to stay aggressive but they let them into the circle for the open shot.”
What seemed to be a game played in favor of Indian River then appeared to be an even match-up. Either team had the ability to score when they needed to.
But Indian River simply overwhelmed Lake Forest in the second half, out-shooting them 12 to 2. Indian River totaled 23 shots to Lake Forest’s four, and the Lady Indians were able to convert on three more occasions for the victory.
Both of Ambrose’s goals came on Seitz assists and Seitz’s final goal came on a returned favor from Chamberlin.
A good offense is a good defense, but nothing beats a straightforward good defense and Ellen DuPont again displayed great awareness and ability, to save a would-be Lake Forest goal.
Lake Forest would test the Indian River defense in the second half. In the first 10 minutes of the half, Riley had to come out of the goal to make the saves. On one occasion, a Lake Forest offensive player scooped a Riley rebound and shot it on a beeline for the back of the net. DuPont swooped in to keep Lake Forest from tying the score at two apiece.
“Ellen’s play in the net was huge for us because it would’ve tied the game,” said McKean of that DuPont move. “She rotated weak side for the save.”
Indian River field hockey was scheduled to play Sussex Central on Oct. 11. That game was rescheduled for Oct. 12 due to the rain. They continued with conference play on Oct. 13 when they host Smyrna. Both games were completed after Coastal Point press time.
Non-conference opponent St. Thomas More will visit the Lady Indians on Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. And Indian River will round out the week by traveling up to Caravel for a 3:45 p.m. game on Oct. 17.