On Monday, St. Georges Tech took another step toward making the postseason after defeating Brandywine 1-0 to clinch the Blue Hen Conference Flight B title.
While clinching the title doesn’t give the Lady Hawks an automatic-bid into the DIAA playoffs, at 7-3 with five games remaining, must finish the season with a record of .500 or better and finish among the top fifty-percent of teams in the state, both which they are well within reach of doing.
Last season, the Lady Hawks were in a similar spot, having claimed their seventh win of the season with four games remaining. St. Georges Tech drew a tough schedule down the stretch, losing their final four games to Wilmington Christian, Mt. Pleasant, Caravel Academy and Sussex Tech, finishing the year 7-8 and missing out on the playoffs.
St. Georges Tech still has Dover, Mt. Pleasant, Caravel Academy and Sussex Tech remaining on this year’s schedule, with a chance to right the wrongs of last year. Having already knocked off Wilmington Christian and Brandywine among the teams they fell to a year ago, the Lady Hawks look to continue the trend as the season winds down.
This year’s team seems primed to do just that. Consistent most of the season, the Lady Hawks haven’t lost consecutive games all season and have currently won four of their last five games.
“I have a dedicated group of players that continue to learn and grow from each season and game,” said St. Georges Tech Head Coach Jessica Bloch. “The disappointments from last season I believe are making an impact on their determination this season.”
Defense has been St. Georges Tech’s strength, as they’ve allowed only seven goals combined this season and only four total since allowing three to Ursuline in their opener.
The Lady Hawks defensive has posted six shutouts this season, even holding McKean and Dickinson shot-less.
With strong play from their forwards, defenders Hope Mintzer and Cheyenne Turcol have helped lead the way, protecting the space in front of goalkeeper Paris Prevost.
On Offense, the Lady Hawks have been just as well-rounded. Nine different players have scored for St. Georges Tech this season, five of which have two goals or more on the year. Also, six different players have tallied assists.
The electric junior duo of Mackenzie Porter and Lauren Tyre have led the way for St. Georges Tech’s offense, scoring eight goals apiece so far this season.
Meanwhile, junior Alyssa McGinnis, who scored the winning goal Monday against Brandywine, has four goals on the season to go along with three helpers.
Senior Daniella DeSouza has been the definition of the leader for St. Georges Tech, factoring in on nearly half of the Lady Hawks’ goals this season, leading the team with 12 assists.
“Our team has had to overcome many challenges this year, we’re getting to a level of play where we are starting to connect on the field and work together,” Bloch said. “We have a tough end of season schedule, so that should help prepare us for the level of play in the state tournament.”
After taking on Dover (6-4) on Wednesday, the Hawks will finish out their week with a road game against Charter School of Wilmington (6-3) on Friday,
They’ll have two more road matchups next week against Mt. Pleasant (5-4-1) and Caravel (9-1), before finishing out their season on Nov. 2 at home against Sussex Tech (4-4).