Great effort by the Tigers...
What a day and what a game! The girls traveled to Gill, MA to take on the Lady Hoggers of Northfield Mount Hermon. The games of late have been up and down, with spurts of success, but costly mental lapses have hurt the team in the scoring column. The past two practices were good, and the team seemed to have begun figuring things out. A player even commented after yesterday's inter-squad scrimmage that "that was the best we have played all year". Well that comment was true, but it did not last long, because today was the BEST they have played all year. NMH controlled the play for the first 25 or so minutes and Suffield found themselves playing a lot of defense. There were not a ton of shots on goal, but the defense was certainly working hard to keep NMH at bay. In the 25th minute, NMH found the back of the net after picking up a loose ball just outside the 18, dribbled through a few bodies and found the netting. Despite the goal, the girls stayed focused and were determined to dig themselves out of the deficit. NMH only had 13 players, so the bench was short. This played into our favor. Though we did not substitute as often as we had in past games, we did enough to begin to wear the other team down. Momentum began to sway our way. After half-time, it was our time to dictate the pace of the game. Suffield controlled much of the game by using smart passing, improved communication, and well timed runs. 12 minutes into the half however, NMH capitalized on a quick counter to extend the lead to 2. Again, the girls responded. Beautiful through balls by Lilly Rotter kept the pressure on as the other forward and midfielders began pushing forward. Eventually, the determination paid off as Sabrina Louro tracked down a nice ball, tapped it forward and attempted a shot, only to be taken down in the box...PENALTY KICK AWARDED! Emma Winiarski calmly stepped up and slid the ball into the lower left corner to narrow the gap to 2-1 with 14:30 left on the clock. The team continued to mount the pressure, but alas, time ran out before we could net the equalizer. We had our chances, but the goalie was up to the challenge. Overall, the girls showed that they can and want to play at a high level. With a little more attention paid to the small things like accurate passing and quality traps, the girls can get back into the win column. It was a great performance and everyone seemed excited and buoyed by the possibility of what could be, in our next tilt taking place on Saturday vs. Kingswood at 3:00 PM in front of a strong Parent's Weekend crowd.
Current Record: 1-4-0