The Catonsville field hockey team needed something to lift its spirits after a tough road loss at Dulaney yesterday and the Comets (6-4) got it with a 4-0 senior night victory over Perry Hall.
Eight days after senior Hayden Kesner scored four goals in a 6-2 win over Franklin, the senior scored three in the victory over the Gators (0-7).
Senior Melissa Tolton added a penalty-stroke goal, along with nifty midfield play, and seniors Sydney Keagle and Caitlyn Baeck had assists.
“It was good that it was senior night tonight because it was happy and emotional and they really wanted to win,” Catonsville coach Barb Bates said.
In addition to Tolton, Baeck, Kesner and Keagle, senior players Deanna Delaney, Ellie Jackson, Lauren Neebe, Sarah Ossing and Hannah Slaski were honored before the game, along with senior manager Arden Hitchcock.
Kesner’s second goal, just over four minutes into the second half, was the prettiest.
Kesner carried the ball down the left sideline, fed a streaking Baeck in the middle and Baeck quick-sticked it back to Kesner, who deposited home.
Tolton’s penalty stroke made it 3-0 with 19:30 remaining in the game.
“I’ve done all the strokes this year and I go the same place every time,” said Tolton, who is 3-for-3 on strokes this season. “I always try and fake like I’m going one way and then I go the opposite way.”
While the penalty stroke was exciting, Tolton’s blocks and control in the middle of the field were more valuable and her spin moves with the ball were entertaining.
“We have practiced it before,” Tolton said. “I’ve been doing that since rec. That’s kind of my go-to move.”
When Bates wasn’t chuckling at the spin move, she was admiring her hard work.
“Melissa comes up with the ball in the middle almost all the time, she goes to the left and right to help cover,” Bates said. “She is really all over the place. She is really a valuable player too.”
Kesner’s scoring ability and stick-handling was also admirable.
“She is amazing,” said Bates, who watched her fourth goal after she rebounded her own shot off the keeper. “Her stick-work is amazing and they are really successful when they work as a team. When they try to go individual and score it doesn’t work and we tell them that.”
“They are looking at one thing when they should be looking at another and they are super quick, so when they are quick, you don’t know where to go,” she said. “There is only so much we can do and once we get down two goals, the whole energy of the team goes down, which is unfortunate, but most of them fought for the whole game and that’s all that I can really ask for.”