For 80 minutes of field hockey action, Rising Sun and Perryville’s goaltenders stopped everything their opponents threw at them in goal. After two halves and two overtime periods, the Tigers and Panthers went to penalty strokes to determine a winner for Monday’s night’s battle at Rullo Stadium at the University of Delaware Campus. When Biz Hurm’s penalty stroke found the back left corner of the cage, it was finally time for Rising Sun to celebrate their 3-1 win.
“It was all luck. It would hit a little part of my kicker and go off right next to the post. It was pure luck, honestly. I felt a lot of pressure, but at the same time, I wasn’t nervous. I knew I had everyone on my team rooting for me,” said Rising Sun goalie Bethany Wilson about her part in the 3-1 win on strokes. “I heard my name being called in the stands, which is unusual because goalies don’t get much of the attention because the person getting the goals does. I’m glad I had this experience. It made me a better goalie because of the pressure put on me.”
Facing a tough schedule thus far in the season, the Tigers were happy to post an important win on Cecil County’s biggest night of field hockey.The win moved Rising Sun to (3-5) on the season. “Everyone makes mistakes and I have had my share of mistakes, but I don’t focus on them,” said Wilson. “When you are in that kind of situation time isn’t an issue. It goes by so fast, the second half felt like 10 minutes. I just had to get in the right frame of mind to do everything.”
Indeed, getting in the right frame of mind was something both teams had to face at the end of the second overtime. There was confusion over whether the game was a tie or if the two squads would go to penalty strokes. Initially believing there was a tie, Wilson and her teammates had to suit back up and go out for penalty strokes.
Only Perryville’s Aubrey Hill would score a goal for Perryville on strokes, while Rising Sun led off with a goal from senior Katy Wagner, senior Taylor Knight added another goal and sophomore Hurm sealed the win.
“It’s awesome. It’s what our team needed spirit-wise. Not that our spirits we’re that bad. We definitely needed a win. They needed to understand that they could score goals, they could outlast their opponent, and that they could do it. They just needed to feel that,” said Rising Sun Head Coach Katie Keys before pivoting to complimenting her goalie Wilson. “She is one of the hardest workers on the team. She is a leader. She is positive. She is naturally talented and she cares so much. She is awesome.”