Valkyries Nip Past Ballard in Apple Tourney

Valkyries Nip Past Ballard in Apple Tourney

(Cover photo credit: Conor Revell)

Conor Revell

Sacred Heart defeated Ballard 3-1in its opening Apple Tournament pool play game as they look to win their own tournament for the 12th straight time.

“We played okay today,” Sacred Heart head coach Eleanor Mitchell said. “We’re happy with the win but we have a long way to go. Our bench played well today so I was happy about that.”

Mattie Tabor, Caroline Liston, and Abby Birk scored goals for Sacred Heart (1-0) while Maggie Dickman scored for Ballard (0-1).

Liston scored the game first goal with 14:16 left in the first half.

“Someone on our team made a really great pass to me,” Liston said. “I just flicked it into the cage. That’s just what happened.”

Tabor made it 2-0 with 6:17 remaining in the first half when she dribbled the ball into the goal.

“Somebody made a great a pass to me and I just moved forward,” Tabor said. “The goalie moved out of the goal and I put it into the cage.”

With 26:26 left in the game, lightning was spotted in the area and officials were forced to send the team to the locker room. The delay lasted for over an hour.

“We talked about all the things we needed to do and incorporate into our game,” Liston said. “It’s a great chance for us to talk to our coaches.”

After the delay, it didn’t take long for the Valkyries to strike as Birk scored her goal just 62 seconds after the delay ended.

“It’s all a challenge,” Mitchell said. “They came out ready to play after the delay. We tried to stress that with the rules in this tournament you need to get a shutout to get the full four points. They were ready to go after that.”

Dickman made it interesting for the Bruins when she scored with 3:05 to play.

Meghan Strite stood in the goal for the Valkyries while Abigail Goldberg manned the net for the Bruins.

The Valkyries will Collegiate at 5:45 p.m. Monday in their next Apple Tournament pool play game.