SOMERS, N.Y. – This year, Somers field hockey continued the tradition of opening their season by hosting a tournament.
In their season opener, the Tuskers cruised past Pawling, 8-0, in the first round of the tournament on Sept. 4.
Erin Clark sparked Somers with 3 goals and 2 assists. Nieve Mahood and Mackenzie Ryan each tallied 2 goals. Isabella Del Vecchio dished out 3 assists. Nadia Pennella (1G) and Maddy Combs (1A) also chipped in.
“Our team did a great job of communicating on and off the ball,” said Clark, a senior co-captain. “Also, we were able to move the ball fast to the open players to move the ball up the field. Our shots during the Pawling game were on target and very hard, allowing us to score a lot.”
Nicole Garrity only had to make one save in net as the Tusker defense held the Tigers at bay.
The next day, Somers fell to Scarsdale 4-1 in the championship game of the tournament.
Scarsdale scored 2 goals within the first five minutes of the game. The Red Raiders added a third goal with 22:13 left in the second half.
Somers got on the board when Mahood scored on a feed from Pennella about five minutes later. But Scarsdale added an insurance goal shortly thereafter to squash any hopes the Tuskers had for a comeback.
“From the Scarsdale game, our team learned we need to move the ball even faster,” Clark said. “Also, we needed to work on moving off the ball a little more so easier passes could be made down the field.”
Garrity had a busy day in net and finished with 12 saves.
The Tuskers bounced back with a 4-2 win over host Rye on Sept. 7. The Garnets are an annual contender in Class B.
Julia Sirchia tallied two goals while Mahood notched a goal and three assists. Combs also scored a goal.
Somers (2-1) is scheduled to host Pearl River on Sept. 10. It then welcomes Harrison for a 4:15 p.m. game on Sept. 12.