SOMERS, N.Y.— Field hockey is one of those sports where outplaying the opponent does not guarantee victory, as North Salem proved in a 1-0 loss at Somers on Saturday, Oct. 14.
“We played extremely well,” Tiger coach Jennifer Frohman said. “In truth, we dominated the game. There’s no other way to say it. They scored and we didn’t. But our goal today was to come out 100 percent for 60 minutes of the game, and that’s what we did. It’s weird to say after a loss, but we’re walking away happy from this game.”
It was the Tigers who opened the match with possession and kept it for most of the contest.
“One thing we did well was we kept the ball on their side of the field,” senior goaltender Olivia DeSanto said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get that finishing touch. When it wasn’t in their circle, our sweeper Daphne Dong did a great job running in and getting one clear touch.”
Unable to put away any shot attempts, they saw Somers control the ball in spurts and it exploited a needed opportunity late in the first half.
Junior Grace Farina rose to the occasion, sharply rolling a corner pass from midfielder Rosalie Murphy into the left side of the goal.
North Salem came out of the break where it started, but still couldn’t manage to convert near the net against a stingy Tusker defense.
“We saw that [North Salem] had the tempo and were going at a really fast pace,” Somers’ Sheridan DeVito said. “We tried to slow it down and brought ourselves together to get some really good give and go’s on the sides. We took advantage of what they gave us.”
Somers’ Erin Clark almost made the lead two-fold on a drive to the net after weaving through defenders, but her shot was barely deflected off-line with eight minutes left.
Sensing the clock winding down, the Tigers turned to Charlie Reiner, who backhanded a shot that was booted away by Somers goalie Nicole Garrity.
Continuing to cause the defense havoc during the final 30 seconds, North Salem was awarded a corner with 20 seconds remaining.
The recipient was none better than senior captain Natalie Intrieri, but her accurate slapshot hit a defenseman’s stick a few yards shy of the net as time expired.
“We said that the way we play today’s game would mark the way we want to for the rest of our games,” Intrieri said. “We had a really good start and all of the shots on goal is giving more confidence to us. We know we can do it, we just need a better finish on the ball.”
Garrity made four saves for the Tuskers, whose offense only produced five shots compared to North Salem’s 14. DeSanto blocked three shots on goal in the setback.
“We made it a priority to be at our best because we couldn’t remember the last time we had a good game at our full force,” Intrieri said. “Today we made that show again. The communication was so much better and everyone was looking up to pass.”
Shutting down host Hastings, 2-0 just a day earlier, both Juliet Serra and Sophia Cocking scored for North Salem. Cocking and Reiner passed for assists.
In another league game at Irvington, the team stifled the Bulldogs in 6-0 fashion on Oct. 11. Reiner and Ally O’Sullivan got their first varsity goals under their belts. Allison Eberhardt registered a goal and an assist. Jessica Reiner, Alpizar and Cocking scored a goal apiece. Thayer and Analisa Posa set them up with assists.
The Tigers carried on their streak with a convincing 4-0 victory over Our Lady of Lourdes Oct. 10. Thayer notched two goals while Cocking had a goal and an assist. Isabela Fox-Mills tacked on a goal and Mariana Alpizar had an assist in a game where the Tiger defense prevented any shots on goal.
“We’ve been able to spread the wealth around the past couple of games,” Frohman said. “That’s the good part about our team, we don’t have one complete star. We have girls that don’t start who play just as well as the 11 starters.”
North Salem (11-2) was scheduled to host league rival Pawling Oct. 17 and will travel to Croton-Harmon on Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Its last regular season match is with visiting Briarcliff the next day at 4:15 p.m.
“We’re really confident,” DeSanto said. “One thing that we’ll always have is that we use our individual skills to play together as a team. That’s what makes us so successful.”