Bow ends Knights' winning streak
|KINGSWOOD KEEPER Renee Bernier focuses on the ball during Laconia pressure in the second half of the team’s win over the Sachems on Sept. 21. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
September 29, 2009WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood field hockey team pushed its win streak to three before being shut out at Bow on Friday, Sept. 25.
The Knights, coming off wins against Kearsarge, Laconia and Oyster River, traveled to Bow on Friday, Sept. 25, and came off the field with a 3-0 loss, pushing the team back to .500 on the season at 4-4-1.
The week started out well for the Knights, as the girls played solid field hockey on Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22, at The Nick.
Tuesday the girls faced off with Oyster River and took a 1-0 lead with 18:05 left in the first half, as Nicole Matalozzo put home a feed from Miranda Clark.
As it would turn out, the Kingswood defense and keeper Renee Bernier would make that lead stand up, holding off the Bobcats the rest of the way to seal the 1-0 victory.
A day earlier, offense was the name of the game, as the Knights scored five times to knock off the Sachems of Laconia by a 5-3 tally.
The two teams exchanged chances early in the game, but it was the Knights who struck first, taking advantage of a penalty corner in the first couple of minutes. Erin Maguire rifled a shot past the Bobcat keeper for a 1-0 lead, with Gabrielle Horton picking up the assist.
The Knights continued to pressure the ball in the Laconia offensive end, with Leah Kenison sending a nice pass in to Sasha McCormick for a good scoring chance.
Five minutes after they took the lead, the Knights were able to extend it to two goals, as they got some great pressure on the Laconia keeper and Matalozzo put the ball home with an assist from Kenison to make it 2-0.
The Knights didn't stop there, as the offensive pressure continued, but it was the Sachems who scored the next goal, slipping a ball past Bernier six minutes later to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
The Knights went back on the offensive and attacked the Sachem goal, looking to get the two-goal lead back and they did just that with 11 minutes to play in the first half, as Clark put the ball home for a 3-1 lead.
After some field maintenance held up progress for a few minutes, the Sachems were able to steal back a bit of the Knights' momentum, putting their own pressure on the Kingswood defense and slipping another shot past Bernier to cut the lead to 3-2.
Kingswood came back with a couple of corner opportunities, with Maguire, Matalozzo and McCormick all getting chances, but with less than three minutes to play in the half, it was Matalozzo who was credited with the tally, as she slipped one past the Sachem keeper for a 4-2 halftime lead. Maguire picked up the assist.
The Sachems came out fired up in the second half and immediately put the pressure on Bernier, but the Knight keeper held her ground, swiping away chance after chance. She also got some good defensive help from Hester Selle, keeping the visitors from cutting the lead to one.
The Knights were able to finally get some offensive pressure in the half and it was Clark who scored the fifth goal, as she tipped home a Maguire shot to make it 5-2.
Hannah Bergeron replaced Bernier in net for the final portion of the contest and made a couple of saves on good Laconia pressure, but the Sachems were able to make their persistence pay off with a goal in the final minutes to put the score at 5-3 at the final whistle.
"We came out really strong, playing the way we ended on Saturday (a win over Kearsarge)," said coach Kaitlin Riley. "Our goal was to get the first goal and they did that nicely."
She noted that the girls worked well together against the Sachems, seemingly seeing the pass before they made it, which made for many smooth transitions and good offensive chances.
"Right now it's the mental part of the game," Riley said. "They have to constantly keep that competitive focus for an hour and that's a challenge.
"But, if you can work through it, that can really pull a team together," she continued.
The Knights will play their final home game of the regular season as part of Kingswood Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 2, as Plymouth comes to town for a 4:30 p.m. contest. The girls will then hit the road for a game at Oyster River on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.