Both the Millsboro Middle School and Selbyville Middle School field hockey programs capped successful seasons last Thursday, as MMS scored a last minute goal off a corner to manage a 1-0 win against their district rival.
“We haven’t scored off of a corner ever,” said MMS coach Molly Chamberlin of what turned out to be the game winner. “Today they finally finished it.”
Nearing the end of the game, Millsboro’s Maille Ryan inserted a pass to Avery Congleton, who hit it back to Ryan before it was finally knocked in by Kelsey Kormanik.
“It was a text book play,” Millsboro coach Pattiva Cathell said of a play her squad has practiced all season.
“They were extra pumped today just because it’s a rivalry and last game of the season they wanted to go out with a win,” Chamberlin added of the growing rivalry.
The win gave Millsboro their fourth on the season, after struggling historically not only for wins, but for goals.
“We didn’t even score a goal last year,” noted Cathell of the turnaround. “There are girls from this team that have come to our camp so there was that extra energy to try to beat us. It felt extra special to them to want to beat us too.”
The season’s success can be partially attributed to a higher turnout and growing interest in the sport throughout the area, which has a lot to do with the Indian River School District camp established this summer by Cathell, Chamberlin, and Indian River High School field hockey head coach Jodi Stone.
“We had 40 kids on the squad, we had one of the largest squads in the conference. They just all came from camp,” said Cathell, noting that the SMS squad had several players from the camp as well. “There are girls from this team that have come to our camp so there was that extra energy to try to beat us. It felt extra special to them to want to beat us, too.”
Selbyville finishes their season at 3-4-3, but both MMS coaches and SMS head coach Matt Mayette have even higher expectations for upcoming seasons.
“The whole district field hockey wise has grown a great deal,” said Mayette. “This program here, we’re going to be very talented. It’s good to see this and just see the growth of both programs.”
“We have more help for the camp this year. I think people have heard about it and wanted to get involved,” said Chamberlin of expectations for the future. “All the coaches just want to collaborate and make a difference.”