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2017-10-04 / Sports

Field hockey team rebounds from rare loss

JASON NADOLINSKI
Sports Reporter

West Seneca West proved to be just what the doctor ordered for Clarence’s field hockey team Friday, as the Lady Red Devils were able to use their 4-0 victory to put a tough loss to Williamsville North two days earlier behind them.

Hannah Roszanski was the hardest working player on the field against West, co-coaches Gina Stephan and Marissa Faso noted, while Allison Panero and Levi Laing also did a good job on offense by passing the ball back and forth to each other. Laing also had a goal for the game, while Alexa Tuzzo led the Lady Red Devils’ efforts with two goals and an assist.

Maggie Kelkenberg had the team’s other goal, while Gabriella Walsh dished out an assist.

“Hannah did a great job on midfield, pushing the ball up to the attackers,” the co-coaches said in a joint statement.

Clarence was hoping to bounce back Friday after dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime to Williamsville North. Goalie Jenna Frank did everything she could to give the Lady Red Devils a chance to win, turning aside 12 shots for the game. Alyssa Johnson, Morgan Cole and Megan Kosteky all played well in front of Frank, with Kosteky pitched in with a pair of defensive saves.

Madison Leeper scored the team’s only goal just a minute into the contest, which is where the score stayed until North recorded the equalizer five minutes into the second half. The Lady Spartans then collected the game winner six minutes into the extra session.

“This was a great game to watch,” the co-coaches said. “Both teams worked really hard and put all they had into the minutes that they had on the field. Everyone put in every ounce of effort they had and worked so hard for the whole game. Our defense kept us alive the entire time, our midfield recovered and our offense dropped back to be an outlet for the defense and mid.”

The Lady Red Devils entered the North game looking to do well after knocking off another team from Williamsville — Williamsville South — on Sept. 25 by a 1-0 count. Walsh scored the game’s only goal off a pass from Jordan Shalke, while Quinn Laczkowski recorded the shutout in net. Caitlin Schreiber and Kailee Godessia both played well in the midfield, stopping South’s attack from entering the Lady Red Devils’ end.

Clarence dominated the play in the second half, controlling the play and keeping the ball in South’s end for 90 percent of the second half.

“The heat really affected the girls during this match,” the co-coaches said. “But, everyone played their best and fought through their fatigue. The second half was so much better than the first, where the girls were passing to each other and setting each other up for success.”

The Lady Red Devils’ recent run began Sept. 22 with a 2-0 conquest over Williamsville East. Shalke and Walsh each scored a goal, while Kosteky had two assists. Both goals were scored on corners, which the co-coaches noted “is great to know that the girls were all at the right place at the right time.” Laczkowski earned the shutout in net for Clarence.

“The girls have been working really hard on their fundamental skills, keeping their sticks low and the ball tight on their stick,” the co-coaches said. “They are also recovering back to help their defenders. It was very apparent that the girls had been working on these skills when we were able to keep North off the board for so long during our game Wednesday. It’s really great to see every player progress throughout the season and motivate each other no matter if they are on the field or not.”

Clarence (8-3 overall) returned to action Tuesday by hosting West Seneca East, but information about that contest was not available at press time. The Lady Red Devils close out their week by hosting Amherst Friday, and then resume play at Eden on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

“The girls are putting so much effort into achieving their personal and team goals for the season,” the co-coaches said. “Each game, they now come out ready for anything and put all they have into each contest. Our goals for the next few games are to have better touches on the ball and to connect better with each other on the field. Passing and receiving is so important in this game, and is definitely something that is constantly worked on and will always get better with practice. We are looking forward to having more practice time where we can focus on their skill and make small changes in their game play to make them even better athletes.”

email: jnadolinski@beenews.com

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