It was home, sweet home for the Saline varsity field hockey team Wednesday night.
Hannah Jarvie scored three goals as Saline bested Mercy, 7-0. Saline, 5-0-1. remains unbeaten in Division 1.
Also scoring for Saline were Emi Maloney, Devin Reilly, Ali Groth and Caroline Krause. Julia Bentley and Eva Doorlag had the shutout in goal.
The Hornets wanted a quick start and they got it.
“Before the game I told the team I wanted a goal or a corner in the first two minutes,” Saline coach Erica Reilly said. “We came out and made it happen.”
The game was barely underway when Saline scored on a penalty corner. Caroline Krause inserted to Maloney, who passed to Groth. She fired a shot that was deflected up by Jarvie up and over the goalie and into the goal.
Jarvie said the early offense was important.
“I think it set the pace,” Jarvie said.
A couple minutes later, Saline went up 2-0. Erin Reilly passed to Jarvie, who sped through the middle of the defense and forwarded the ball to the net. Maloney won the battle for the rebound and chipped it past the goal line.
Saline went up 3-0 on another penalty corner goal. Bridget Skelly inserted to Erin Reilly, who passed to her older sister Devin, who whacked the ball into the goal.
Saline carried the 3-0 into halftime.
Saline opened the second period with another goal. On another corner, Krause inputted the ball. Jarvie fired a shot on goal and Krause slammed home the rebound.
Jarvie made it 5-0 on a penalty strike, lofting a hard shot past the keeper.
Groth made it 6-0 on a slapshot after a penalty corner. Jarvie finished the scoring with another goal on a penalty corner.
Five of Saline’s goals came on penalty corners.
“We’ve been working hard on penalty corners. Our goal is go deep into the playoffs and if you’re going to beat the best Division 1 teams, penalty corners might be the only chances you get to score,” Reilly said.
Saline visits East Grand Rapids (3-3) Saturday.