Field Hockey Wrap

Palmyra Outdoes OJR, Hempfield To Start Season


Kristen Robinson scored one goal in Palmyra’s win over Hempfield and also tallied an assist on a Lauren Wadas goal in the OJR game. Photo: Geno Simonetti. Kristen Robinson scored one goal in Palmyra’s win over Hempfield and also tallied an assist on a Lauren Wadas goal in the OJR game. Photo: Geno Simonetti. By Drew Weidman

Of the big three in Sun Country, Palmyra was the only team to go without a loss this week, beating Hempfield 7-0 on Friday and then turning back Owen J. Roberts 2-0 on Saturday.

Palmyra coach Kristi Costello said the two wins are a great start to the season against two schools that traditionally have stellar programs.

It was also valuable experience for her squad, which is a little lacking in terms of its resume.

“We have younger players stepping into starting roles,” Costello said. “It’s an interesting dynamic. We have a lot of seniors that play, but we only have two or three that have significant varsity experience.”

One of those younger players is sophomore Lauren Wadas, who scored both of Palmyra’s goals in the OJR game.

It was Wadas’ second goal, which came with 1:09 remaining in the first half off a penalty corner, that most impressed Costello.

She said Wadas was able to recognize what OJR was doing defensively, made an adjustment to the play that was called and zinged it in the cage.

Wadas scored the game’s first goal with 15:44 left in the first half off an assist from Kristen Robinson.

After the two Wadas goals, things got pretty sloppy on the rain-soaked field and Palmyra dug its heels in and played defense.

“We got very tired and I think the fact we had a game the day before started to show,” Costello said. “They were putting us under a lot of pressure.”

Costello also heralded the play of firstyear goalie Ava Kristich, who made two saves in posting the shutout.

“Ava is in a new starting role and she did a really good job,” Costello said.

“It was sloppy hockey and I wasn’t pleased with that, but when you come home with a win against a good opponent, that’s always good,” Costello said.

Against Hempfield, when it wasn’t raining, Palmyra poured it on as Wadas and Mia Julian each had two goals.

Hempfield, which is traditionally a strong program, was simply outmatched.

Palmyra took 14 shots on goal versus Hempfield’s one.

Also scoring for Palmyra were Kristen Robinson, Gabby Corricelli and Shayla Myers.

Considering Hershey and Lower Dauphin each lost their season openers, Costello said she feels pretty good starting the season 2-0.

“We have a lot of work to do and a lot of growth that needs to take place, but I am just pleased with how we are getting better,” Costello said. “I think the team’s mentality is that they want to carry the tradition that they have heard of or that they have been a part of.”

Hershey

For the second straight season, Hershey was dealt a season-opening loss at the hands of Wilson, which took down the Trojans 4-3 in a non-league clash on Friday, Sept. 1.

The game was originally slated for Saturday, but a scheduling issue forced the Trojans to travel the hour to Wilson for a Friday afternoon game rather than a Saturday morning contest.

It was a back and forth affair, but in the end it was the Bulldogs, who avenged a District-3 playoff loss to Hershey last season, with the victory on Friday.

“It was very even,” Hershey coach Bri Price said of the game. “We were in control, they were in control. They had nine shots, we had nine shots.”

Price said the Wilson team they saw on Friday was very different from the team they faced in the quarterfinals of the D3- AAA playoffs last season.

“Their defense was really good. They had really low tackles and sort of were playing old-school field hockey,” Price said.

As a result, Hershey was given several yellow cards, which contributed to three of Wilson’s four goals.

“Three of their goals we were down a player,” Price said. “We realized that we need to work on not getting cards.”

Hershey and Wilson were tied at 1 at the half, with Maddie Zimmer scoring Hershey’s first goal of the season.

The Trojans also got scores from Ashley Arnold and Alex Held in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to ward off the feisty Bulldogs, who beat Hershey 1-0 in the opener last season.

Price, however, said she isn’t disappointed with her team’s play and said her squad is learning from the loss.

“We had moments of really, really great play…I don’t think a loss is ever a bad thing,” Price said. “I think you can learn from it and grow from it.” Lower Dauphin

A missed penalty stroke in the first half was the difference in the Falcons’ season opener against Twin Valley, as LD fell to the Raiders 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 1.

LD dominated most of the game, taking plenty of corners and shots, but TV sophomore goalie Talayna Viscuso stood on her head, turning back the Falcons time and time again.

The Falcons best opportunity came when a stroke was called in the first half and LD’s Audrey Domovich lined up to take the shot. Domovich misfired and the shot was batted away by Viscuso.

The Raiders’ lone goal came 16:37 into the second half when Ashlynn Lennon scored off a penalty corner.

The Falcons applied pressure late and had a good opportunity to tie it up when a TV player was issued a five-minute card with 6:53 left.

But LD lost the advantage for two of those minutes when a Falcon was assessed a two-minute card.

As expected, LD coach Linda Kreiser split halves between her two goalies, with Avian Thompson playing in the first half and Brandelynn Heinbaugh playing in the second.

Milton Hershey

Milton Hershey started its season off on a good note, beating non-division opponent Mechanicsburg 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 1.

Kim Malave and Bre White were credited with the two goals for the Spartans, who took on Northern (2-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 6.


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