Gloucester remained undefeated in recent Conference 10 field hockey action, but Hickory spoiled the Dukes’ perfect record of not allowing a goal in a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.
"It was bound to happen sometime, and it happened with a good team," said Gloucester coach Mike Miller. Miller said his players were disappointed when the Hawks scored to tie it at 1-1 in the first half, but he told them allowing one goal in 14 games was not a bad thing. He said the girls put it behind them and got back to the battle on the field.
Miller said his team came out strong in the first half and got off to a 1-0 lead when junior Tori Harwood scored on a corner, assisted by sophomore Cassidy Goodwin. Hickory tied it, but Goodwin scored on a penalty stroke to give Gloucester a 2-1 advantage at the half.
Harwood scored again on a corner in the second half with assistance from seniors Courtnie Greene and Katelyn Curtis. Hickory also produced a second-half goal, and still had time to rally for a tie. "It was a mad rush at the end," Miller said. "There was lots of pressure, something we really needed. We regrouped and the girls stepped up."