The way Jenna Kerr saw it, there was no time like the present.
In fact, there was no time on the clock when she scored to lift Marriotts Ridge past River Hill, 1-0, Thursday afternoon.
The game-winner came on a corner play. The visiting Mustangs were awarded three corners in the final 90 seconds of the game. The last one was called with 15 seconds left and it took much of that time for the teams to set up. Field hockey rules allow that even if time has expired, corners are played out to their conclusion.
There was no drama in Kerr’s shot. Enya McGarry inserted the ball directly to Kerr who drove it directly to the back board of the goal cage.
“Mu thought process was to get the ball over (the circle) line and then back in the circle and just take a straight shot” Kerr said.
River Hill defender Kinsey Johnson, who had been stupendous all game, had a close view of the play. “It was a nice hit. You can’t take anything away from that drive,” she said.
“Marriotts Ridge did a great job and they got the win, but I was really proud of our girls,” Johnson said.
The Hawks learned at lunchtime that they would not have starting goalie Sierra Kelly. She bruised her thigh in practice on Wednesday. They would also be missing defender Jordi Tornatore, who was injured playing Power Puff football Wednesday night.
JV goalie Michaela Minnick capably filled in for Kelly and Ally Stull took Tornatore’s place in the lineup.
If River Hill had a little readjusting to do, so did Marriotts Ridge. The Mustangs thought that the game was to be played on Friday.
“That’s how it is on our original schedule,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado. ‘This morning was a scramble to have our girls get their uniforms and be set to play.”
“We didn’t know that we were playing until 6:30 this morning,” Kerr said.
The game had been bumped forward a day to accommodate River Hill’s homecoming activities.
“The shots are a lot harder on varsity and everything moves a lot quicker,” Minnick said. She had five saves.
Marriotts Ridge put a great deal of pressure on River Hill’s defense. Minnick received help from her circle defenders Johnson, Stull and Rachel Banilower who came trough time after time in unsettled situations.
“We were backing each other up and recovering and doing everything we’ve been practicing,” Johnson said.
The Hawks had repeated chances to score during a five-minute span late in the second half. They had seven consecutive corners, including one in a man-up situation, but could not get the ball across the goal line.
“I think we played a great 60 minutes. Everybody stepped up and everybody that went in did their job. I’m actually ecstatic about everything but the final score,” said River Hill coach Shelly Chamness.
Marriotts Ridge 1, River Hill 0