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Robino nails second chance

NEW CASTLE -- Kendal Robino atoned for a flubbed scoring chance about a minute earlier and scored with 3:12 left in sudden-death overtime as No. 4-ranked Tower Hill rallied to top No. 2 William Penn 4-3 in field hockey on Tuesday afternoon.


Nicole Voegele, Renee Schneider and Danielle Kreider scored for the host Colonials (9-1-1). Kreider put William Penn ahead 3-2 with 10:12 left in regulation. It was her 16th goal of the season, tied for most in the state with Jacki Coveleski of Cape Henlopen.


Kali DiGate scored with 2:46 left in regulation to tie it for Tower Hill (8-1) and prompted the seven-on-seven overtime. With about 4 1/2 minutes left in the 10-minute extra period, the Hillers nearly won it when Robino sneaked in behind the goalkeeper and waited for a pass just aside the left post. But Robino couldn't get her stick on the ball.


"I completely whiffed that one," she said.


Robino made good on her next chance, scoring from 7 yards after midfielder Zoe Blake sent the ball toward the cage and Robino redirected it. It was her third goal this season.


"After Kali scored, we just had the momentum, and we carried it into overtime," Robino said.


William Penn had won nine straight since starting the season with a tie against Wilmington Friends. Tower Hill struck first when Jenna Chodos scored 1:53 into the game. Voegele tied it 1-1 off a penalty corner less than four minutes later. Schneider scored off a corner on an assist from Morgan Parsons with 3:54 left in the first half.


It was 2-1 at halftime. Tower Hill was awarded a penalty stroke with 22:40 left in regulation and Christina Freibott converted it. The goalkeeper got right in front of the ball and stopped the shot, but the ball rolled down off her body and into the cage.


Later in the second half, William Penn earned seven corners over a span of 6:49 and finally found the cage on Kreider's goal.


"It got really tough and frustrating," Blake said about William Penn's string of corners. "We couldn't seem to get it out. We were trying and nothing was working. It was definitely a challenge."


By Buddy Hurlock — The News Journal
Reprinted with permission of The News Journal