CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — North Salem’s field hockey team passed and slashed its way to a 5-0 romping of Pleasantville on a mild summer day at Walter Panas High School on Wednesday, July 5.
“We felt a little more confident today,” said North Salem coach Jen Frohman, who has roamed the sidelines for 20 years for the Tigers. “It’s always a good situation to come here and try to grow, get your skills better. Try to do the things you’ve been hearing to do all year long, and a lot of the girls are starting to do that.”
Digging the Panthers into a 3-0 hole by halftime, sisters Charlie Reiner and Jess Reiner scored in the middle of the first half.
“We’re a good team and we are trying to carry on what we had last year, which was a pretty strong defense,” rising senior captain Charlie Reiner said. “We are working on moving and staying together to support each other.”
Junior Isabela Fox-Mills sharply cut to the net and added a goal late in the first half on a pass outside the circle from Emma Cindrich.
It was smooth sailing from there.
“We are starting to put together passes,” the junior midfielder Jess Reiner said. “Moving on with basically the same team [from last year] is definitely very helpful because we’ve all become such a good family and have good personalities. We know how to work together.”
Cindrich, another junior, netted a goal in the second half as Fox-Mills tacked one more goal on with about two minutes left in the complete effort.
“We are working on attacking the ball whether it’s on offense, defense or goalie,” Frohman said. “We also want to be more dynamic in the way we use our teammates by finding the passing lanes. It’s a work in progress.”
Goalie Olivia DeSanto stopped three shots and Molly McGuinness made two saves.
The victory was especially refreshing since the Tigers were shut out in their first summer league match 6-0 against Rondout Valley.
“This year we want to be a strong core team all-around,” Charlie Reiner said. “We want to make a lot of offensive plays and the entire team has this drive to be super competitive.”
North Salem fell to defending Class C champion Bronxville in last season’s sectional semifinal and is hungry for a rematch.
“We want to be in the class finals next year,” Frohman said. “We know that we have certain milestones that we need to meet along the way and getting into field hockey shape is one. We are trying to play stronger as a group and play 100 percent the whole time.”