With the 2017 field hockey season winding down to a close, there are only a few games remaining for teams looking to improve their playoff standings.
For Sussex Tech, they sit at 7-4-1 overall, some big wins down the stretch could go a long way toward sending them to the postseason. Though, with some tough matchups ahead, it won’t be easy.
On Thursday, they’ll face their biggest test of the season when they matchup against the defending state champions Delmar, who come into the week undefeated at 11-0.
The Lady Ravens opened the season hot, winning their first three games and five of their first seven overall. While they’ve dropped two of three recently, there’s still time to rise in the standings.
With just a handful of games remaining, Tech trails only Cape Henlopen, Polytech and Smyrna in the Henlopen North standings.
Sussex Tech has defeated Polytech, Sussex Central, Worcester Prep (Md.), Woodbridge, Seaford, Laurel and Dover, while tying Smyrna so far this season.
While they’ve suffered four losses, they’ve been in each game. Their four losses to Lake Forest, Cape Henlopen, Conrad and Caesar Rodney came by seven goals combined, two of those games were just one goal losses.
Also, the Lady Ravens’ strength of schedule should help them in the standings if they can help themselves with some wins down the home stretch; the four teams that have defeated Sussex Tech are a combined 26-13-2 on the year.
Led by an impressive group including Morgan Johnson, Kira Short, Aynasti Bowden, Taylor Wroten, Alyssa Layfield and Baylee Ketterman Tech will face a challenge in Delmar on Thursday.
Delmar, the defending state champs, haven’t suffered defeat since last October. They bring a team full of talent to the field, led by standouts Jordan Moore, Paige Lynch, Logan Walls, Peyton Kemp, Hailey Bitters and Ashlynn Carr.
That group has helped Delmar score a state best 88 total goals so far this season, which is 40 more than Cape Henlopen’s 48 goals-for, the second best mark in the state.
They’ve been just as impressive on the other end of the field, allowing just five total goals against this season, three of which came in one game against Cape Henlopen.
After Delmar, the Lady Ravens will have just two regular season games remaining. They’ll take on Indian River on the road Tuesday, before closing out their schedule next Thursday at home against Milford.