Northampton Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Field hockey at 10-3

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Through their first 13 games, Northampton’s field hockey team can enjoy the moment with an overall 10-3 mark.

“It is wonderful so far,” beamed Konkrete Kids’ head coach Carrie Saul. “Things have been good and we are doing all right.”

Saul noted the team’s recent 1-0 overtime win over previously unbeaten Pocono East courtesy of a penalty corner as time ran out. Lauren Schaller got the game winner with an assist from Laura Filchner.

The head coach has been pleased with her team’s offensive output, as three players have topped 30-points.

Bree Sell leads the team in scoring with 20 goals followed by Lorah with 13 and Jordan Somers with 12.

Saul also cited a recent 3-1 loss to Emmaus as a possible springboard.

“That was the closest margin in recent history,” said Saul. “We took a lot of positives from the game. We walked away with a loss, but we knew there were a lot of good things that helped us.”

The Kids received a boost from freshman goalie Kadee Schrader, who recently took over for senior Cassie Borzillo, a starter for the past two seasons.

“She (Schrader) had been working really hard in practice,” said Saul. “We decided to give her the go-ahead and she had a strong game against Easton.

“She and Cassie will battle down the stretch, and the competition is healthy for both of them.”

In addition, sophomore defender Taylor Kranzley and fellow sophomores Maddy Siegfried and Brooke Peters have surprised.

“Taylor (Kranzley) is a strong player and she has stepped it up defensively,” said Saul. “Both Maddy Siegfried and Brooke Peters have come off the bench to add a spark.”

With five games left, the Kids are sixth in districts. Staying injury free will be key.

“It will be about keeping people healthy,” said Saul. “It can be nerve-wracking with only 23 girls on our roster.

“We have one JV girl who will be gone for the rest of the regular season because she stepped on a ball, and a starter who got hit in the head with a ball and may be able to avoid concussion protocol.

“We have some big league games coming with up with unbeaten Parkland and also Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth. We may be able to move up in districts, but we really have to just go out and take care of our own business.”