The final game of the regular season for Derby tonight as they took the short road trip to Rose Hill. The Rockets came out running a high line catching Derby offside a few times early on in the game. The Panthers were able to quickly make the adjustment though and found themselves able to get through balls down the outside channel getting their wide players in behind the Rose Hill defense and using their speed to attack the frame. While the Rose Hill keeper was able to eat up a few of those attacks, Derby was relentless, finding the net six times in the first. Freshman Brianna Moore was able to pull in another hat trick in the first half, adding another late in the second. Add in a brace from Sydney Niles and goals from four others as well as a trio of assists from Marah Franke.
The only Rose Hill shot on frame in the contest came on a poor clearance from the Panthers and it ended up in the net. The only real mistake from a solid Derby defense the entire evening.
With the victory tonight the Panthers (12-3-1, 5-1) locked up the number two seed and will host regionals this season. The first of those games will come either Monday or Tuesday evening.
Derby Scoring summary
Brianna Moore (4)
Sydney Niles (2)