Girls down Pleasant Valley
The Northampton Konkrete Kids field hockey team took down Pleasant Valley 7-0 in a home match on Saturday.
The win brought the Kids’ record at the halfway mark of the season to 7-2.
Sophomore Olivia Lorah opened the scoring when she converted a penalty stroke 3:14 into the game. Senior co-captain Abby Piotrowski then tallied the first of her two goals 3:21 later with an assist from Jenna Rogers. Piotrowski then got the assist when her injection pass on a penalty corner was smashed home by Evelyn Bodnar at the 21:05 mark in the first half. The Kids’ relentless offensive pressure generated a total of 13 first half penalty corners and a 5-0 halftime lead.
Head coach Carrie Saul explained that she has changed the team’s approach this season. “This year I tried a totally different system based upon what I saw in the World Cup this summer. So far the kids have bought into it and we are definitely getting very offensive this year and moving the ball well.”
It wasn’t all about the offense as the defense and goalkeeper Cassie Borzillo shut out the Bears.
Saul took stock of her team’s performance in the first half of the season as they continue their quest of postseason qualification.
“This is exactly where I wanted to be at this time, except for the two minor hiccups and I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season,” she said.
The Kids’ record at home has been especially sparkling. They are 6-0, having outscored their opponents by a combined 52-4, including four shutouts. Abby Piotrowski leads the team with 13 goals and has assisted her teammates on another eight. Calla Shander has 10 goals and 2 assists. Olivia Lorah has a team-high 14 assists to go with her 6 goals.
Senior midfielder and co-captain Abby Wheeler expressed confidence that Northampton would be able to compete with the top teams in the EPC.
“We just need to play like we played today,” Saul said. “Complete passes, good receptions and keeping our eyes looking for the next pass. We have a good team of girls and we all communicate very well.”
On Monday, the team traveled to Easton to face the undefeated Red Rovers and were unable pull of the upset, winding up on the wrong end of an 8-2 score. Their road game against also-undefeated Emmaus on Wednesday occurred after Press deadlines.
Next up, the Kids will look to keep their home record unblemished in a Friday matchup with Pocono Mountain West. That will be followed by a nonconference contest at District 3 Muhlenberg on Saturday and a trip north to face a tough Pocono Mountain East team on Tuesday.