In the two schools' first athletic match-up of the year, Caesar Rodney High School's field hockey team took down rival Dover High School in a one-sided, low scoring affair. The Riders scored halfway through the second half to take the Senators down, 1-0.

    Caesar Rodney and Dover high schools kicked off its 2009-2010 athletic rivalry this past week as the two schools’ field hockey teams met Sept. 24 at CR’s home field.

    The first round of the cross-town dual for the year went to the Riders (3-2, 2-1) as they took down the Senators (3-2, 2-1), 1-0, in the one-sided match.

    The lone goal was scored by senior midfielder Corrie Kiger with 21:48 remaining in the second half.

    CR controlled the play for most of the game, outshooting Dover 19-7 and holding a steady advantage in corners at 14-7.

    “They played very tough because right now we are faced with a lot of adversity,” Riders Head Coach Maria Smith said, as the team is currently without some starters due to injury.

    “We had a lot of different people in a lot of bizarre situations and they managed to rally around it,” Smith added.

    After losing an earlier game in the week to Lake Forest, in which the Riders carried the play but were shutout, 2-0, Smith said it was crucial that her team get back on track quickly as to not drop too many inner-conference games.

    She added that her girls cannot get too confident based on the win, as inconsistency has plagued the group early this season.

    “It was momentous to get this win. We had to get it,” Smith said. “Now we can keep plugging along and remembering this game as we move on to the next game.

    “However, we dominated Lake and we still lost. So we can’t look at today and say, ‘OK, we dominated,’” she added. “We have to put the ball in the goal and we know that’s the most important thing.”

    Denise Kimbro, head coach of the Senators, was upset with her team following the game, one on paper that Dover should have won, and said her girls failed to show up on the field.

    “My girls didn’t get off the bus today,” Kimbro said. “They didn’t go to the ball, they didn’t play with urgency. They kind of sat back and watched. They were off their game.”

    Part of that, she said, had to do with it being the team’s first game on a grass surface this season. However, Kimbro added that the playing field was no excuse for the lack of effort.

    “My girls are used to the ball coming to their sticks, not having to go to the ball. Turf is a whole different ballgame,” she said. “But I thought CR played hard, and hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

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