Reason No. 1 is the fact that due

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Reason No. 1 is the fact that due to a misunderstanding concerning the scheduled starting time, Monday's game got under way nearly two hours past the original 5 p.m. kickoff at the new Ravenna Stadium. The Ravens had taken the field at 4 p.m. to start pregame warmups.

The second reason was the game itself, a Field 3-1 non-league victory over the Ravens.

The delayed start could have been an omen for the novice Ravens, but considering they had to wait around wondering if the game would be played at all, they competed very well.

"Definitely," said Ravenna coach Ben Ribelin. "I thought we controlled the tempo pretty much the whole first half and in the second half.

"Overall, as a team, we played really aggressive. I think sitting for two hours didn't help much. We were really ready to go at 5 p.m. They were pumped up and then we sat for an hour-and-a-half waiting. Then we had to warm up all over again. That's not an excuse for the game, but the way things worked out, I think we lost a lot of our edge sitting around."

There were some kinks defensively, attributable to Ravenna's inexperience, that resulted in three goals for the Falcons (1-0).

After Ravenna goalkeeper Mallory Hinkle made a nice stop on Molly Dane's shot from close range early in the opening half, Field's Meghan Morris poked home a rebound from the goalmouth late in the period, off an assist from Danielle Knapp, to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Ravenna (0-1), which had precious few good scoring chances in the first half, came out more aggressively in the final half and maintained pressure in the Field zone. Still, the Ravens could not get off any quality attempts against Field junior goalie Ashley Kynkor.

Eventually, while in transition from its own zone to that of Ravenna, Field's Kara McElvenny dribbled down the left sideline and beat Hinkle with a shot that found the left side of the net midway through the second half.

A little later McElvenny added another goal, this one past Samantha Drake, who came on after Hinkle suffered a slight injury on McElvenny's first goal.

"She picked up her level of the game when it was needed," said first-year Field coach Dave Davis of McElvenny. "She read the game well, too."

Ravenna gained something to build on when junior forward Katie Jordan scored on a penalty kick very late in the contest.

"We saw some nice things and we got our first goal," said Ribelin. "They were really happy about that, although I don't think that we are shooting enough from the outside. We need to take advantage of some of our longer shots.

"We saw a lot of positive things. The girls were very supportive and nobody complained about who was playing. They did what they were asked. I couldn't ask for anything more. They played hard, they just didn't have an opportunity to score."

The Ravens will return to action with a home contest against Crestwood Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Field 3, Ravenna 1

(At Ravenna)

FIELD 1 2 _ 3

RAVENNA 0 1 _ 1

First half _ 1. (F) Meghan Morris (Danielle Knapp).

Second half _ 2. (F) Kara McElvenny; 3. (F) Kara McElvenny; 4. (R) Katie Jordan (penalty kick).

Shots on goal _ Field, 8-3.

Corner kicks _ 2-2.

Goalkeepers/Saves _ (F) Ashley Kynkor/2; (R) Mallory Hinkle, Samantha Drake/6.

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