Field Hockey Closes Successful Season with Second Round Overtime Thriller
On December 9, the third seeded Archmere field hockey team battled No. 2 Caravel in the semifinal round of the DIAA State Championship. The Auks were defeated by one overtime goal, but made headlines for their incredibly successful season and game thriller against Caravel. Diamond State Athletic Conference Field Hockey Coach of the Year, Heidi Dell'Oso, helped lead the Auks to their 12-2 season, a drastic improvement over their 6-8 record last year. Caravel handed the Auks their only regular-season loss this year on November 9.
Mike Lang described the semifinal game in The Dialog article: With snow flurries in the air, the teams battled through more than three scoreless quarters on a chilly afternoon at Bob Peoples Stadium at Caravel, but not for lack of scoring opportunities. The Buccaneers pressed the Auks all afternoon, particularly from the beginning of the second quarter on, but the Archmere defense and goalkeeper Maura Smeader kept the ball out of the cage.
With their season in the balance, the Auks pressed on offense. It paid off less than a minute after Caravel’s goal. Bella Dell’Oso found Elise Angiullo near the edge of the circle hard to the left of Bucs keeper Lexi Boettcher, and Angiullo was able to find a sliver of space to tie the score with 2:23 remaining.
The game went into overtime, and Archmere goalie Maura Smeader '21 made a few critical saves before Caravel was able to score the wining goal off of a penalty kick. Maura had 12 saves in her final high school game. The Auks, who reached the semifinal round for the first time since 2011, finished with a record of 12-2.