On a night when the Saline varsity field hockey team honored its seniors, the Hornets defeated Dexter twice - once in regulation and once in the shootout.
The contest was viewed mostly as a tune-up for the playoffs. Coach Erica Reilly used the occasion to get playing time for several girls and try out new formations. Both coaches agreed before the start of the game that regardless of the score in regulation, they would have a shoot-out, too - providing much-needed practice with the playoffs just around the corner.
Prior to the game, Saline honored its senior class - which included several girls who helped but Saline Field Hockey on the map with its Division 2 State Championship in 2015. Devin Reilly, Hannah Jarvie, Julia Bentley, Eva Doorlag, Caroline Krause, Emily Maloney, Fiona Morcom and Ashlyn Murphey were honored.
When the game began, Dexter came out on the attack. Doorlag and the defense held the line for the Hornets. Saline took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Bridget Skelly inserted the ball to Erin Reilly on a penalty corner. Reilly fired a shot that was stopped. Skelly went to the front of the net, spun around and fired the ball past the goalie for a 1-0 lead.
Dexter tied the game on a penalty stroke in the second half. But Saline got that back a few minutes later on another penalty corner. Skelly inserted to Jarvie and she hammered the ball into the goal.
Saline held on to win, 2-1, in regulation.
The two teams then played 7-on-7 overtime for 10 minutes with no score. During a shootout, Saline outscored Dexter, 3-2, with Jarvie, Maloney and Murphey scoring for Saline. Doorlag and Bentley each stopped two shots for Saline.