The Saline field hockey team suffered two early losses last week, but bounced back with a win on the road over Mercy.
The squad opened last week with the 2-0 loss to Dexter at Hornet Stadium Sept. 25. The Dreadnaughts used two first-half goals against the Hornets to earn the victory. Down 2-0, the Saline offense mounted an attack in the second half with multiple penalty corner chances and six shots on net, but the Dexter defense withstood the pressure.
Junior goalkeeper Julia Bentley made eight saves and turned away a penalty stroke in the loss.
The Hornets then fell 3-0 at Ann Arbor Pioneer, the two-time defending state champions, on Sept. 27. Pioneer scored early in the first half and took the 1-0 lead in the break. The Hornets battled fiercely against their foe, holding Pioneer to the one goal most of the game. However, Pioneer finally broke through, adding two late goals to secure the win.
Pioneer outshot Saline 14-6 in the game, while the Hornets had to defend against 10 penalty corners.
After facing two shutouts, Saline bounced back with the 2-1 victory at Mercy Sept. 29. Tied 1-1 at the break, the Hornets scored off a penalty corner in the second half to notch the win. Junior Hannah Jarvie boasted the game winner on a direct shot from the top left of the circle.
Mercy nabbed the first goal of the game less than ten minutes into the contest to grab the 1-0 lead, but senior Grace Livsey then tied the match with a lifted ball past the Mercy goalkeeper. The teams carried the 1-1 score into halftime. Livsey also recorded the assist on the game-winning goal.