KINGSWOOD'S ERIN MEYER tries to knock the ball away from Kennett's Jordan Meier in action last week.
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September 08, 2021WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood duo of Erin Meyer and Ana Ekstrom were too much for the Kennett field hockey team to contain when the two teams met in Wolfeboro on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
Meyer and Ekstrom combined to score four goals altogether as the Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third period on the way to a 4-1 win over the defending Division II champions.
"Such a great way to start a season," said Kingswood coach Kaitlin Reilly. "They put all the pieces together and brought the intensity.
"I think they felt as the connections were linking with each other, the combinations, they can finish," the Knight coach continued. "That energy was just rising and they were able to put it together."
"We're piecing things together," said Kennett coach Cassie Daley, whose team was missing a starter and returned only two starters from last season's championship team. "We're going to bounce back.
"I think, because they went undefeated last year, they think the season is over," she continued. "It's one loss, it's not over."
Meyer had a couple of early bids, including the first two corners of the game, but the Eagles held tight, with keeper Madison Walcott holding the line. Kennett's Tessa Capazzoli turned in a nice defensive stop on Fallon Peacock and Hailey Kelly had a nice defensive stop at the other end. Kennett had a late corner that Knight keeper Carrigan Williams stopped. Perhaps the best chance of the quarter came late when Meyer made a steal and broke in, but Walcott made the save and held tight on the rebound.
Kingswood scored in the first four minutes of the second quarter, as Ekstrom put a shot on net that Walcott stopped, but Meyer was able to put home the rebound for the 1-0 lead.
Kennett tied the game with 5:57 to go in the first half, as Vivian Rober-Carpenter put the ball in the net. Rachael and Sarah Paraskos had nice defensive stops for Kingswood and Peacock and Ekstrom teamed up on a bid that was stopped by Walcott. Ekstrom made a nice through pass that just missed Meyer and the Eagle defense stopped another Meyer bid to close the half.
Kingswood scored three minutes into the second half, as Ekstrom ripped the ball home on a corner for the 2-1 lead. Both teams continued to have chances but it was Kingswood scoring again, as Meyer scored with 8:12 to go in the third quarter on a feed from Peacock. Kingswood had a corner that was denied and Kennett had a couple chances from Veronica Carboni and Allie Hussey.
With 4:58 to go, Kingswood scored again, as Ekstrom sent a pass ahead to Meyer, who then fed it back to Ekstrom, who buried the shot for the 4-1 lead. Kingswood had a later corner that Emilia Galimberti sent on net and Peacock had a shot go wide of the net.
Both teams had chances in the fourth quarter, but nothing found its way into the net and Kingswood took the 4-1 win.
Reilly noted that Williams, who is new to Kingswood after transferring from Laconia, has stepped into a big role for her new team.
"She came to practice this summer, we are lucky and grateful to have her," Reilly said. "She gels with this team on and off the field."
Daley is aware that her girls are going to face everyone's best this season.
"Everybody is going to be gunning for us (as champions), we have to be ready for it," Daley said. "We have things to work on, but I think we played well. Kingswood is always a great game."
Kennett will be in action today, Sept. 9, at Sanborn, will be hosting Berlin on Tuesday, Sept. 14, both at 4 p.m. and will be at Oyster River on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m.
Kingswood will be hosting Souhegan on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
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