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Field hockey Knights pound Pembroke

MOLLY GWIZDALA swoops in on a loose ball during action against Pembroke on Friday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 19, 2011
WOLFEBORO — For the third home game of the season, the Kingswood field hockey team finally got on to its new field on Friday, Sept. 16.

And the Knights christened the field in a big way, netting seven goals for a 7-0 win over Pembroke Academy.

"It was nice to have the ball in the offensive side and finish," said coach Kaitlin Reilly. "Our goal for the week was to generate that offensive movement."

Molly Gwizdala and Rachel Lapar had good defensive plays to help the Knights get things started and then Kingswood came right back into the offensive zone, as Sasha McCormack and Nicole Matarozzo had good bids off a penalty corner.

Moments later, Matarozzo got off a shot on net and Jesse Jones swept in and poked it into the net for a 1-0 lead 3:10 into the game. While that was all Kingswood would need, it was far from all the Knights would get.

The Knights got a couple more penalty corners as Julia St. Germain and Matarozzo controlled the offensive flow of the game and Gwizdala, Erinn Vittum and McCormack continued to pressure in the offensive zone.

With 14 minutes to go in the half, the Knights doubled the lead, as Gwizdala poked home a tally for a 2-0 lead.

Pembroke was able to get the ball into the offensive zone a couple of times, but Lapar and Brittany Drapeau were able to turn away the charges and keep the Knights in front.

With four minutes to go, McCormack upped the lead to 3-0 when she put the ball in the net.

The Knights weren't quite done, as Matarozzo ripped a shot past the Spartan keeper for a 4-0 lead with less than a minute to go in the first half.

The Knights continued to dominate in the offensive zone in the second half, as they had four corners in the first six minutes or so, Matarozzo, Jones and McCormack had good chances but couldn't put the ball in.

However, 7:20 into the second half, McCormack was able to capitalize for a 5-0 lead for the Knights.

Lapar, Matarozzo and McCormack continued to pressure on more Kingswood corners and Delaney Hutchins had a shot go just wide. Gwizdala also joined the offensive pressure as Kingswood continued to pile up the penalty corners.

One of those corners turned into a goal, as Marissa Nardello drilled home a shot with 10:30 to play in the game for a 6-0 lead.

Hutchins rounded out the scoring when she put home a rebound of a Matarozzo shot in the final two minutes for the 7-0 win.

Reilly was pleased with how her team responded in its first game on the new field.

"After every goal we scored, the focus was coming right back on defense," Reilly said.

"It was a great team effort and we were able to play everyone and give everyone an opportunity to get in there and work on things they've been working on in practice," the Knight coach said.

The Knights opened the week with a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Plymouth on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The two teams were scoreless through the first half, but less than three minutes into the second half, Lapar made a beautiful reverse shot on the Plymouth net to give Kingswood a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Plymouth tied the game at one.

"I could see right from the possession (after the goal) we were back on our heels," Reilly said. "I was just about to call timeout when Plymouth got a corner and they scored."

Reilly noted that the overtime was quite intense, but neither team was able to get the ball in the net. She also praised goalie Hannah Bergeron for a great game in net, noting she turned away three consecutive corners at one point in the overtime period.

The Knights will be in action today, Sept. 22, at home against Bishop Brady at 4 p.m. On Monday, Sept. 26, the Knights will head to Kennett for a 4 p.m. game and on Wednesday, Sept. 28, they will host Plymouth at 4 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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