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Falcon stickers settle for tie
WINTHROP -- The ability to raise a level of play can be rewarding and Mountain Valley found itself in that position during a field hockey game. However, the team responded when it needed to.
Whitney Ruff and Nicole Burgess each scored unassisted goals and the Lady Falcons were relentless through two overtimes before settling for a 2-2 tie with Winthrop. The hot weather conditions added to the intensity displayed by both teams.
MV had applied pressure throughout the latter stages of the second half with several shots. Finally, the goal came with 4:41 minutes left in regulation by another frontline rush towards the cage. This time they connected, with Burgess, who carried the play from right to left and used a reverse-stick shot to beat Winthrop goalie Alyssa Arsenault (15 saves).
“This was a great performance,” said coach Melissa Forbes. “Even after Winthrop scored, the girls didn’t hang their heads. They never let up and with my girls it has been more mental to keep them in the game.”
The Falcons took advantage of the 7-7 player in the extra sessions and picked up the paces on the open field. midfielders by Ayla Allen, Chelsea Bordeau and Lexi Fryover fed the forwards, which garnered opportunities by Becca Maifeld, Sam Glover and Peyton Provencher. MV had a goal waved off because the ball contacted Provencher’s foot. Ruff scored on a scramble in front of the goal with 5:20 remaining in the first half. MV had advanced the directly into the circle and Arsenault roamed left to make the initial save, but fell to ground and Ruff flicked the ball over the prone net-minder.
Winthrop which featured MV transfer Liz Glover, had taken the lead in both halves. Lauren Kaiser and Emmah Spahr each scored on counter attacks.
“We made an adjustment at halftime,” said Winthrop coach Sharon Coulton. “Our offense was going up the center of the field, so we needed to get the ball outside.”
MV outshot Winthrop 19-7.
The communication was important by fullbacks MaKayla White, Chelsea Gauvin and Sidney Yahn (sweep). Yahn and goalie Emily Gallant had to step right up aggressively on Rambler rushes.
“The team really played great,” said Gallant. “It was pretty busy back there and when it’s a one-on-one situation I feel that I need to charge out aggressively.”