HADDON TWP.--- It took Haddon Township a half to adjust to its first big test of the season.
Once the Hawks rallied around each other, they scored six unanswered goals in their 6-1 nonconference win over Holy Cross Prep on Tuesday.
Danielle Bishop scored a pair of tallies for the Hawks, while Olivia Oyola, Sydney Farnham and Carly Henning found the back of the net. The sixth strike was an own goal.
The Hawks were down a goal at halftime to the visiting Lancers, but they scored the equalizer almost immediately at the start of the second half.
Oyola connected with Keagan McGovern’s corner kick just over three minutes into the second half to wake up the Hawks.
“Coach pulled us aside at halftime and told us we just have to go out there and play our game. That’s what we did, “ Oyola said.
“I saw Sydney Farnham go up and I went up with her and hoped for the best. She said she closed her eyes so I was glad I was there to back her up.”
Bishop followed quickly with consecutive tallies, one from the right side of the field and the other from the center after she received a nice ball from Farnham.
“I’ve had a break where I haven’t been scoring so to finally get two was nice,” Bishop said. “To look up and see the ball in the net, it felt great.”
The goals kept flowing in after that, as Farnham and Henning struck the back of the net after an own goal.
“I think having multiple goal scorers was important,” Haddon Township head coach Jimmy Kay said. “I think a couple kids, it was good to see them get on the board finally and gain some confidence.”
Tuesday’s match served as a nice test for the Hawks, who face Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights and Audubon in the next two weeks.
“It was good to see these guys early to give us a measuring stick of where we are and what we need to do to be competitive,” Kay said. “In our conference, we have our tough stretch coming up in the next 10 days or so. We’re going to see some real quality opponents.”
The players embrace the challenge of facing familiar opponents, especially since they serve as tests ahead of the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs.
“It makes games that much more enjoyable,” Oyola sad. “Every single game when you go out there, you’re going to know people you’re playing. After the game, it’s always fun to see everyone. The game is way better when you know what you’re getting yourself into and put everything into it. They’re the best games.”