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Field hockey looks to make push

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Despite a somewhat slow start, Northampton head field hockey coach Carrie Saul believes her team will be in the hunt over the next few weeks.

The Konkrete Kids began the season with a 1-2 mark through their first three games, dropping a close 3-2 opener to Liberty before they routed East Stroudsburg North, 12-0.

They then had trouble getting past Stroudsburg, losing a 4-0 decision.

“We were down 3-1 to Liberty and had two corners to try and tie it in the end, but we couldn’t get it in,” said Saul. “We came back and had 12 different girls score in the win over (East Stroudsburg North) and that was a relaxing game for us.

“We got down early against Stroudsburg and they have really good stick work like Emmaus.”

Despite losing some major contributors last year, Saul doesn’t view this season as a total transition.

“Every year is a transition for us,” she said. “We are constantly building. We lost a very good group of seniors, but we are working our younger kids into the lineup.”

However, Saul does realize her team will need to view every game as a pivotal one.

“We’re playing three games a week and we have four the final week of September,” she said. “The way the schedule is, we are going to have to win the games that are in our favor, and steal some along the way.”

Senior goalie Cassie Borzilla has been progressing since she came off foot surgery, and sophomore Sadie Decker also has been on a good track. Saul has the luxury of playing both goalies down the stretch.

“She (Borzilla) is back and playing like she did at the end of last season,” said Saul. “Sadie (Decker) has played a lot of JV for us, and she could split some time with Cassie (Borzilla). Look for her (Decker) to get some time.”

Knowing her team will need an intense effort, Saul has some high expectations over the next two weeks.

“I can see us going 6-0 (in our next six games),” she said. “I believe it is very achievable. Teams are knocking each other off, and we can get right in the middle of it.”