Coming off an emotional first loss of the season Thursday to Frank W. Cox in overtime, First Colonial’s field hockey team bounced back Monday with a convincing 3-0 road win over Tallwood.
The Patriots had to adjust on the fly before the game’s first whistle, when they learned their leading offensive player, Haley Schleicher, was sidelined with an apparent injury.
That’s when First Colonial’s underclassmen took charge.
Reagan Bunniwell led the Patriots (12-1) offense with two goals. The freshman forward broke a scoreless draw midway through the first half after collecting a feed from sophomore forward Riley Taylor and squeezing a shot past the right of Lions goalkeeper Kelsie Faber.
Bunniwell tallied her second score with 4:16 left in the first half when she tapped in a pass from freshman midfielder Anna Brunick.
First Colonial took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Taylor capped off the dominant offensive showing after capitalizing on a corner opportunity with a strike at the 21:46 mark of the second half, giving the Patriots a 3-0 lead.
First Colonial controlled the pace and time of possession for most of the afternoon. Its offense created 17 corner tries, while its defense limited Tallwood (9-3) to zero.
Faber battled constant pressure and finished with nine saves.
Tallwood and First Colonial both play again Tuesday. The Lions host Landstown at 4 p.m., while the Patriots play Ocean Lakes at 4 p.m. at the National Training Center.