The Indian River High School field hockey team is looking primed for their first playoff appearance since 2005, after securing their ninth win of the season and taking down St. Thomas More 8-0 on Thursday, Oct. 20.
“It’s very exciting to see the program from where we started four years ago, to where we are now,” said head coach Jodi Stone after the win.
“The girls are doing everything that we’ve asked them to do. That’s why they’re in the position that they’re in. They’re working really hard.”
After struggling to get anything going offensively early on in the game, it was senior forward Lexi Haden who got the Indians on the board first in that matchup, knocking in her first of four goals on the day on an assist from sophomore Keirstyn Hassler.
Haden would score again just after the 10-minute mark, that time on an assist from freshman Rylie Cordrey, with Cordrey tacking on a score about two minutes later, and senior forward Madi McGee finding the net on an assist from Haden just before the break.
Also finding the net before the break was freshman Kaylee Hall, who managed the first goal of her high school career off an assist from McGee as the Indians rolled into halftime up 5-0.
“I am super excited,” said Hall of the milestone. “I was standing behind the goalie to get a better angle, and Madi passed the ball in front of the goalie — we were trying to juke her out a little bit — and I was the first one to get a stick on it.”
Haden added two more goals in the second half, with McGee notching the eighth and final goal of the game and Cordrey recording another assist.
The defense kept the Ravens off the board and away from the cage for the game’s majority, with junior keeper Leah Brasure seeing action in her first varsity game and notching her first career save.
“They battled,” said Stone of a struggling St. Thomas More squad. “They actually had a couple opportunities to score, so my hat goes off to them. We’ve been in the same position.”
The win put the Indians at 9-3 on the season and well-situated for a DIAA playoff bid.
They dropped to 9-4 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, after a 2-1 road loss in overtime to Lake Forest. Senior forward Erin Haden scored to tie that game at 1-1 on an assist from Cordrey in the first half, but after a scoreless second half, Lake senior midfielder Mya Maddox managed the game-winner in sudden-death.
IR junior keeper Mya Parks finished with nine saves against the Spartans.
With two games left to go on the season, the Indians were set to face Milford (11-2, 4-1) at home on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. (after Coastal Point press time) and Dover (8-5) at home for Senior Night, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m.
As of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Oct. 26, they were tied for 10th in the state, along with Polytech and William Penn.