LINWOOD —The Millville and Mainland Regional high school field hockey teams refused to surrender their chance at improving their Cape Atlantic League National Conference standing during Thursday’s game.
Sophomore forward Jorja Hibschman scored twice, including the winner in OT, to help Millville, ranked eighth in The Press Elite 11, defeat No. 9 Mainland 2-1.
Fighting back and fourth in each half, the teams ended regulation 1-1. They had played to a tie in their previous matchup.
“It was their first half, and it was our second half,” Millville coach Claudia McCarthy said of Thursday’s game. “With the overtime, it was anybody’s game.”
Senior forward Natalie Corson broke away from the pack to assist Hibschman on the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime.
Hibschman also scored with six minutes remaining in the second half. Even though she scored both Millville goals, Hibschman said it didn’t matter who took those shots.
“It feels good, but I don’t really care who scores,” Hibschman said. “I just really want to win, so it wouldn’t have bothered me if it wasn’t me who scored.”
Mainland started the game off strong as senior Brianna Barretta scored off a corner with no time left in the first half. Senior Payton Ortzman assisted the goal, and the Mustangs had more than six corners throughout the game.
“We’re still going to play, and play to win every game,” Mainland coach Jill Hatz said. “We’re not letting this deter us from anything that we have in our future.”
Millville rallied to gain back the momentum it had lost from Mainland, and Corson said that is something her team does best.
“We’re not good at keeping our heads down, “ Corson said. “We all lift each other up. I think that’s a really big part of our team.”
Having defeated Mainland, Millville will play Ocean City for the CAL National Conference title Wednesday at home. The Red Raiders have won 20 consecutive conference titles.
“They worked hard all season and this is the icing on the cake,” McCarthy said. “Its a plus, and it does set us up for Ocean City.”