HOCKESSIN — After sixty minutes of their nonconference field hockey battle Tuesday afternoon, neither Padua Academy nor host Sanford School found the scoreboard, forcing overtime.
Both teams fought fatigue to generate chances to end the game in the seven-on-seven overtime, but attempts to win in the extra session were either stopped or just missed, resulting in a 0-0 draw between the Pandas and the Warriors.
“It’s definitely disappointing to not come out with the win, but it was still a good tie, and we fought that game for that tie,” Sanford goalkeeper Paige Amendum said. “They’re a really good team, so we’re going to be happy with that.”
The Warriors’ best chance to end the game came midway through the extra session when they had the ball deep in Padua (8-0-1) territory. A Sanford player took a shot near the top of the circle, but on its way to the cage, the ball was deflected on its way and flew over to end the opportunity.
Padua had six shots in the overtime, but just one was on goal because Amendum was aggressive in cutting down angles, forcing the Pandas to take difficult shots that hit the side of the cage.
“I just had it in my head that I have to keep us in it, and that’s my job to make sure we stay in it,” said Amendum, who made six saves. “I just keep my feet moving and keep on my angles and watching the ball the whole time.”
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Padua had the better chances in the first, and Sanford (8-2-1) had the better opportunities in the second, but neither could get those multishot chances that lead to goals.
One reason for the lack of prolonged chances was because each team’s defense did a great job getting to the ball and clearing it when it was loose in the circle, and that was a result of both teams knowing that the game could come down to one-or-two plays.
“It was a defensive game. I think everyone was playing defense because nobody knew how the game was going to go,” Panda coach Jayne Hughes said. “We’re both great teams. I think it was going to come down to who was getting it in the first, so I think everyone was playing defense on both sides to make sure it wasn’t going to happen.”
Hailey Power made four saves for Padua.
PADUA 0, SANFORD 0
Padua 0 0 – 0
Sanford 0 0 – 0
Shots- P 6, S 4.
Penalty corners- P 8, S 8.
Saves- P (Power 4), S (Amendum 6).
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