Sparked by a pair of first half goals, five minutes apart, C. Milton Wright claimed the UCBAC Chesapeake Division field hockey title Wednesday night in Pylesville.
The Mustangs (5-0, 9-1) edged North Harford (5-1, 11-1), 2-1, on the Hawks ‘Senior Night.'
“This is pretty fun, the girls have been working hard and they are in good spirits right now. They wanted that [the title], they were pumped up for this game,” Mustangs head coach Kelly Mattingly said. “They were telling me yesterday at practice, how much they were ready to come out to play, to play some of their friends and just play some good field hockey.”
Both goals came off corner opportunities, the first two-of-six corners the Mustangs had. The first came just 5:55 into the game. Olivia Hennessey provided the goal with assist from Annie Keele.
The next corner, five minutes later, led to the second goal. Taylor Marchetti tallied the goal with Georgia Beachley assisting.
"We did a really good job of pulling their defense out and then passing it around them and I was wide open for the push-pass on the opposite side,” Marchetti said. So, it was a good passing game.”
With under 10 minutes to play in the half. North Harford had one of its better scoring chances, but Mustangs goalie Finley Moreland (five saves) turned away one shot, while defender Ellie Muffley turned away another.
The Hawks then had a pair of corners in the final 1:40, but neither opportunity lended to a really good shot. The Mustangs defense had much to do with that.
Our defense, we play really well together, we are communicating real well and we were talking a lot which helps with marks and stuff like that,” Marchetti said. Along with Marchetti, Mustangs who are the defense are Gaby Kohr, Ellie Muffley, Carlie Insley and Jordyn Bever.
The Mustangs were dealt a five-minute, player down penalty just minutes into the second half, but the Hawks could not capitalize. Moments after the penalty was up, Hawk forward Brooke Ciampaglio took a ball into the circle, only to be stopped by Marchetti.
With 3:35 left, North Harford finally broke through. Off a corner, Kelsie Collier was able to get a shot and put it in the back off the cage.
The Hawks had two more comer chances in the final 90 seconds, but they could not come up with the tying goal.
“I think we played really good, that was one of our best games and we stuck it out, we didn't give up,” Hawks senior Ariel Limpert said. “We stayed determined to the last second, we were still trying to get it in there.”
Hawks goalie Julia Foster finished with four saves.
“We played together as a unit, our passing game was really great tonight, we really supported each other well, probably better than we have all season,” Hawks head coach Carla Harward said. “We really wanted the game.”
Bobcats blank Indians
Bel Air (4-2, 8-2) hosted and shut out North East (0-4, 3-5), 6-0, Wednesday night in Chesapeake play.
Scoring for Bel Air were Tori Mumm, Bailey Springer, McKenna Reichard, Annika Egerland, Peyton Hale and Julian Vazquez.
Springer and Reichard also had an assist each. Bobcats goalie Alex Birch had two saves.
Warriors beat Mariners
Havre de Grace (1-6, 2-10) won its second game in a week, beating host Joppatowne (0-4, 0-5), 4-0, in Susquehanna Division play.
Jules Eder and Bailey Swart scored two goals apiece for the Warriors. Gwen DeLeva had one assist.
Warriors goalie Sidra Wheeler made one save.
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