Sandwich Field Hockey Pounds Plymouth South
By: Dan Crowley
Goalie Stephanie Smith has six shutouts to her credit as a goalie. On Wednesday, visiting Plymouth South scored only the fifth goal of the season against Smith, and her teammates answered by dropping nine on the Panthers in a 9-1 SHS field hockey win.
It took just over a minute for the Lady Knights (7-1) to score in Wednesday’s contest as Nicole Martin blasted a pass from Claire Gauthier into the Plymouth net. Two minutes later in a scramble in front of the net, the Panthers answered, tying the game. The game remained tied for 38 seconds before the Lady Knights unloaded as Martin took a pass from Maggie Layo, opening a run of eight unanswered goals.
Nine minutes into the opener, Erin Gendreau took a ball from Martin to the right of the Plymouth South net and drilled it home. Three and a half minutes after that, Meg Eccleston popped the ball into the net from out in front off a pass from Mallory Whelan to give SHS a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Knights continued to hammer away with Ally Hir scooping a shot into the net off a pass from Martin. Sandwich wrapped up the first half, scoring with 7:13 to play as Layo won a scramble in front of the net and slipped the sixth Sandwich goal past the Plymouth South goalie.
The second-half fireworks began seven-and-a-half minutes into the action when Eccleston one-timed a pass from Layo into the net. Katie Payne then drove home the eighth goal in an unassisted effort in front of the Panther net. Amy Ford rounded out the scoring with nine minutes left in the game as she blasted home the final tally from just outside the right corner.
Sam Anderson played a strong transition game across the midfield for the Knights and Madeline Klimm and Olivia Howard did a nice job defensively in the winning effort.
The Lady Knights outshot the Panthers, 19-4.
You have to shoot the ball to score goals, and during the second half the Sandwich defense did not allow Falmouth a chance to do that at all as the Lady Knights cruised to a 3-0 Atlantic Coast League victory over the rival Clippers.
After a back-and-forth first half, in which the teams were pretty much even in terms of chances, the Knights locked things down on Falmouth over the final half-hour. Falmouth did not tally a single shot on goal in the half, with just one quality scoring chance which came on a penalty corner that saw the redirection attempt on the back post go wide.
Sandwich did all of the scoring it would need in the first half, netting a pair. Erin Gendreau scored six minutes into the game with a pretty shot off a designed penalty corner play to make it a 1-0 score. Then, five minutes later, Maggie Layo tipped in a shot past FHS goalie Ashley Lima during a scramble.
The Sandwich netminder was the difference in the game in the first half. Steph Smith, who made six saves in the game, halted a couple of point-blank bids by Falmouth.
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