Field hockey season comes to an end with loss to Green Hornets
Northampton’s field hockey season ended in a 6-1 loss to Emmaus in the PIAA District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals, but the Konkrete Kids know it is just another step along the way.
With seven seniors on their roster, the maturing Kids pushed their way through the always competitive East Penn Conference season and recorded 10 wins in the process.
They edged East Stroudsburg South, 2-1, in overtime in the opening round of the playoffs and also gained some introspective from it. The Kids dropped a 4-1 decision to them during the regular season.
“We won our first playoff game against East Stroudsburg South and gained some redemption,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We executed our game plan well against them.”
Despite facing the defending state champs, Saul basically had her club stay the course against Emmaus.
“We really did want to change our game plan per say,” she said. “They (Emmaus) have an explosive offense and we needed to minimize our mistakes. I felt we had our chances and we had our breakdowns.
“We had a good defensive showing and we had our step-ups.”
Saul noted senior starters Kayla Feist and Olivia Daniels couldn’t participate in the postseason due to injuries. Freshman Olivia Lorah and sophomore Lauren Schaller, who both saw significant time during the regular season, sufficiently filled the void.
“Our younger players got a lot of playing time,” said Saul. “Olivia (Lorah) had some big goals for us and she has been consistent. Lauren (Schaller) was a playmaker on JV this year and she had a lot of exposure to varsity.”
Saul also credited the play of sophomore goalie Cassie Borzilla, who finished her inaugural season in the net. Borzilla had seven shutouts during the season.
“Cassie had a lot of big saves for us and she really came into the role. She is very excited about the future and has set a number of goals for herself.”
The Kids will lose seven seniors from this year’s 11-9 squad. Brynn Ehrlacher will continue her career at Millersville next season, while Morgan Mullen will play at East Stroudsburg University in the fall.
With 22 returning players and an expected good contingent of eighth graders moving up, Saul sees plenty of room for growth. Saul stated the possibility of a winter league being formed, as she was involved in one when she coached at Phillipsburg.
“It’s exciting with a number of players coming back and new ones coming into the program,” she said. “We’ll have workouts through the spring and we will look to see if we can get a winter league.
“But we like the direction in which we are headed.”
BETWEEN THE LINES ... Tori Unangst a senior field hockey defender at Northampton High School recently broke the school record for most goal-line saves in a season.
She broke the record against Emmaus with six saves taking her to 21 saves for the season. The old school record was 20.