New Kent rematch with Atlee falls short of expectations
After dropping a narrow 3-2 decision at Atlee, New Kent field hockey coach Julie Ellis figured the rematch on the Lady Trojans’ home turf would work in her team’s favor. Things, however, didn’t go as planned.
Four minutes into the Sept. 9 affair, the visiting Raiders held a 2-0 lead, thanks to crisp passing and two goals by Emily Dietrick. And matters failed to improve afterward as Atlee mounted a 6-0 halftime advantage on the way to a 7-1 win.
“We just fell apart and made a thousand stupid mistakes,” said Ellis, whose team fell to 1-3. “I expected this game to be so competitive.”
The New Kent coach tried in vain to stem the Raider onslaught, calling a time out after the deficit reached 2-0.
“I told the girls [Atlee] had already made two-thirds of the goals they made in the first contest, and that was not acceptable,” she said.
Dietrick, however, completed the hat trick and teammate Cam Blair scored twice to lift the Raiders to their 6-0 halftime edge.
Atlee defenders, meanwhile, kept New Kent from getting into any offensive rhythm. Lady Trojans attackers managed just one solid scoring opportunity in the first half.
Three minutes into the second half, New Kent broke into the scoring column, averting a shutout on a shot by Carrie Daniel.