CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham field hockey team experienced a tinge of a letdown four days after its uplifting tie against Bernards when it met up with Boonton in the opening round of the Morris County Tournament on Tuesday.
Fortunately for the Lady Cougars they played good enough to pull off a 2-1 win over Boonton at Haas Field, setting up a third meeting with top-seeded Morristown on Saturday in the MCT quarterfinals. Chatham's two losses this season have come at the hands of the Colonials.
"I think we played really, really flat today," Chatham coach Kaitlin Leyden said. "We just have to be consistent game after game. We rolled off an amazing tie game versus Bernards (3-3 last Friday), which is an incredible team. They need to learn to take that momentum and build off of that."
Perhaps, sophomore Gabby Cutlip will build off the momentum she created with her winning goal with 12:44 left that snapped a 1-1 tie for Chatham (5-2-2). Senior midfielder Noelle Bessette hit the ball into the circle off a corner and, after an initial stop by the Boonton goalie, Cutlip lifted it over the goalie for her first varsity career goal (see video below).
Gabby Cutlip scores her first varsity goal to break a 1-1 tie for Chatham in the second half
"A win is a win," Bessette said. "It's always good to win. You can always improve and you can always play better."
Chatham took 11 corners in the game and one of them led to a penalty stroke that Bessette put away (see video below) for a 1-0 lead in the first half. Nicole Krozser tied the game for Boonton (5-4-1), also with a penalty stroke in the first half to make it 1-1 heading into the break.
Chatham goalie Abby Walrond finished with 10 saves.
Noelle Bessette puts away the penalty stroke to give Chatham a 1-0 lead