After allowing Kinkaid five penalty corners within the first few minutes, the field hockey team knew they had to make some adjustments to come out on top.
“Our defense had a little talk and told each other we had to pull through,” sophomore goalie Kelsey Bing said. “We didn’t let them score on a big run, which was huge for us.”
The Mavericks defeated Kinkaid in the second of three matchups this season, 2-1.
“We turned the game around with our first goal, which was about 10 or 15 minutes in off of our own penalty corner,” senior captain Carson Peacock said. “Eden Epner scored the goal, and after that it was more of an uphill climb.”
A few minutes after Epner’s goal, sophomore Lindsey McKone scored another goal off of senior captain Abby Avery’s penalty corner, adding to the Mavericks’ lead.
After defeating the Falcons 3-1 in their previous meeting, Kinkaid sought vengeance.
“Kinkaid played a really tough game,” Peacock said. “They were swinging the ball back and forth a lot, trying to tire us out, but we just kept going.”
The team still believes there is room for improvement.
“We played good defense, but we had a lot of opportunities to score, so we need to work on capitalizing on our opportunities,” Peacock said. “We need to work on our first few minutes of the games because that was definitely rough.”
The two teams will meet once more on Oct. 29.
“I think it will be a good rest of the year,” said Bing. “Although we didn’t play our greatest game of the season, we still played really well and pushed through the hardship.”
“I am really proud of the team,” Peacock said. “Everyone played really well. We definitely were flustered, but everyone was able to calm down and gave it their all.”