Northampton Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Field hockey tops PHS Field hockey tops PHS

Field hockey tops PHS

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

A win over Parkland is always cause for celebration, but in the case of the Konkrete Kids field hockey team’s 2-0 victory last Thursday, the win was neither a fluke nor an upset.

Northampton dominated the first half, applying consistent offensive pressure and limiting the Trojans’ chances on the other end. The Kids tallied their first goal at the 23:08 mark when Abby Wheeler forced a turnover in the Parkland half and quickly got the ball to her co-captain Abby Piotrowski. Piotrowski stickhandled down the left side and her backhand pass found Olivia Lorah near the goal. Lorah also used her backhand to cleanly beat the Parkland keeper to the wide side to give the Kids a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, back Jenna Rogers, who had come forward to take part in a Northampton penalty corner, intercepted the keeper’s attempted clearance a few feet behind the penalty spot. She whistled the ball right back past the keeper to put the Kids up by what would become the final margin. However, there was still a lot of hockey to be played. At the 7:00 mark in the first half Rogers showed her proficiency at the opposite side of the field when she found herself as the only player between a Parkland shot and the Northampton goal. Rogers calmly stopped the ball just in front of her own goal, cleared it away, and thwarted the best scoring chance Parkland would have all evening.

Rogers spoke about her thought process in the heat of the moment. “The main thing is really just focusing on your positioning in relation to where the ball is. Keep your stick down and your eye on the ball.”

Although there was no scoring in the second half, some strong Trojan pressure kept fans on the edges of their seats as the Kids fought off numerous penalty corners. The Northampton defense and keeper Cassie Borzillo (12 saves) were up to the task and the Kids stayed unbeaten at home this season.

After the game head coach Carrie Saul praised her defense, “I thought we really played great team defense. This was an exciting game because most of our games this season haven’t been this close. For it all to come together in a solid team game from start to finish was really good.”

The win leapfrogged Northampton past Parkland into 7th place in the District XI standings. The move up one notch means the Kids will avoid playing Emmaus in the first of districts, although a matchup with Easton or Pocono Mountain East in the first round will be no easy task.