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Eagle stick girls win three more



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KATIE BISHOP tries to get a shot off while dancing around an intruding Plymouth stick during action Sept. 20. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 27, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett field hockey team bounced back from its first loss of the season in fine fashion, winning three games last week to move to 8-1 on the year.

The Eagles ended the week with an exciting 1-0 win in overtime against Portsmouth on Friday, Sept. 24, two days after recording a 4-1 win on the road at Bedford.

The Eagles opened the week with an exciting 2-1 win over rival Plymouth on Monday, Sept. 20.

Kennett opened with some solid defensive play from Mel Gauvin on a Plymouth scoring attempt and the Eagles then got a solid save from keeper Faye Roberts and another good defensive play from Aimee-Kate Gutowski.

Abby Gutowski and Vicky Weigold had good early bids for the Eagles and Steph Loynd, Weigold and Katie Bishop couldn't quite put the ball home on a penalty corner less than 10 minutes into the game.

The Eagles got on the board with just less than 10 minutes to play, as Loynd made a good bid to stuff home a rebound, but was denied. However, Abby Gutowski was waiting for the ball and she pushed the rebound home and the Eagles had a 1-0 lead.

The two teams went back and forth with chances as the first half rolled along, with Weigold, Abby Gutowski, Bishop and Loynd all making good bids for the Eagles, while the defense held strong at the other end of the field, keeping the Bobcats from getting a shot on Roberts.

However, the Plymouth pressure paid off with 11:54 to play in the first half when they pushed one past Roberts to tie the game at one.

Kennett came back strong, with Bishop and Abby Gutowski putting on good shots, only to be turned away by the Bobcat goalie.

Aimee-Kate Gutowski and Sam Meader turned in good defensive plays for the Eagles as Plymouth pressured some more and Roberts made a good kick save in the final few minutes as the half closed out with the game still tied at one.

The Eagles didn't waste much time getting the lead back in the second half, as Abby Gutowski took a great pass from Loynd and drilled it home for a 2-1 lad.

The Eagles kept pressuring, with Bishop and Weigold joining Abby Gutowski in pushing on the net, but the Bobcats held strong and even managed a little offensive pressure of their own.

Kelsea Allen, Weigold and Charlotte Walker had good bids for Kennett, while at the other end, Roberts turned away a good Plymouth bid. Gauvin also had a nice defensive play to keep the Eagles in the lead.

Plymouth continued to pressure, with Roberts making a few more saves and the Bobcats had two penalty corners in the final few minutes, but couldn't find the back of the net, allowing the Eagles to take the 2-1 win.

"I think it's important to come out and win following a loss like that," coach CJ Lang noted. She said that in the Berlin game, the Mounties scored early and that forced the Eagles to play catch-up the entire way, something she doesn't want her team doing.

"We need to come out just as strong in every game," she said. "I think it showed today. We've got to be 100 percent ready at game time."

She was also pleased that for the second game in just three days, the Eagles saw some good competition. Additionally, the start of three games in one week was a good test for the Eagles with the playoffs on the horizon.

"I think it will be good to see how we can handle three games like that," she said. "It will test our endurance a little."

The Eagles will host Laconia on Friday, Oct. 1, at 4:15 p.m. as part of Homecoming action. The girls will head to Plymouth for a rematch on Tuesday, Oct. 5, for a 4:15 p.m. game.

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