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K-Kids looking to stay in playoff hunt

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by chuck hixson Special to the Press in Sports

For much of their game against Parkland (9-5-1 EPC, 9-7-1 overall), the Northampton field hockey team looked to have a pretty good grasp on how to control the game. Parkland’s stingy defense was playing to their usual high level, but Northampton was able to get some looks, just unable to finish and put the ball in the goal cage.

Defensively, Northampton had Parkland pressing and the two sides played scoreless field hockey until there were just 10:50 left in the game. That’s when Parkland’s Aubrey Semler scored to give Parkland the lead and before the game was over, the Lady Trojans would beat Northampton 2-0.

The loss was Northampton’s third straight and during the streak they were outscored 15-2 in losses to Liberty, Pocono Mountain East and Parkland.

“This was the best we’ve played in the past couple of games,” admitted coach Carrie Saul. “For the first half, we held them and were shutting down their passes and we were getting some opportunities. We knew they have a very good goalie and straight shots just weren’t going to cover it tonight, but we just weren’t able to capitalize on rebounds.”

Parkland’s goalie, Brie Barraco was able to turn aside shots. Barraco is one of the better goalies in the EPC and will be playing college field hockey at Penn State next season. For Northampton, goalie Cassie Borzillo made 10 saves in the game.

“We were trying to cut off their transfer balls because we know that they transfer them very hard and accurately, so we were trying to cut them down in the midfield because we knew that their forwards are fast,” said Saul.

The three straight losses dropped Northampton to 7-7 in the EPC and in danger of sliding out of the playoff hunt. A game against rival Nazareth (6-9, 6-10) may have been just what the doctor ordered as Northampton battled their way to a 7-6 win. Morgan Mullen had two goals and three assists, while Brynn Ehrlacher also had two goals. Olivia Lorah, Abby Piotrowski and Tori Unangst all added a goal for Northampton.

The Kids clinch a spot in the EPC playoffs with a win over Whitehall (7-7-1, 9-7-1) and they’ve already earned a spot in the District 11 playoffs. The Zephyrs will be a tough competitor since they’re still fighting for their postseason lives in the EPC.

“We have some things to work on between now and then [the playoffs],” said Saul. “We have to get some things straightened out, but these girls have the ability to pull things together and we could surprise some teams if everything goes well.”