CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — North Salem fell into a two-goal first-half hole in the fifth-place game of the Hudson Valley Summer Field Hockey League, but rallied for a 3-2 win over John Jay-East Fishkill on Thursday, Aug. 3, at Walter Panas High School.
“We came off a great win on Wednesday against Pleasantville that I think boosted our confidence level and helped to give us the reassurance we needed going into the fifth-place game, that we certainly had the talent to win,” North Salem coach Jennifer Frohman said.
Tigers Natalie Intrieri and Juliete Serra scored in the second half to send the game to the shootout.
“After being down 2-0 at the half, we talked about the fact that we had similar skills to John Jay and just needed to up our aggressiveness and intensity level in the second half, which is exactly what the girls did,” Frohman said. “We held John Jay’s goal opportunities in the second half and increased our pressure in their defensive circle. We also took advantage of our opportunities to tie the score before the end of the game.”
In the shootout, Emma Cindrich and Jessica Reiner scored while Olivia DeSanto was solid in between the pipes.
Molly McGuinness made six saves while DeSanto stopped one shot.
“I’m really happy with the progress we made throughout summer league and I think we ended on a high note, which should propel us nicely into our preseason,” Frohman said. “The league helps us to get into field hockey shape, practice the skills the girls have learned in the offseason and gives some younger girls an opportunity to show what they can do at the varsity level.”
The Tigers cruised past Pleasantville 5-0 a day earlier to reach the fifth-place game.
Analisa Posa tallied two goals, while Cindrich, Serra and Bridget McDonald notched one goal apiece. McGuinness (four saves) and DeSanto combined for five saves.
North Salem finished the summer season 5-4 and heads into the fall campaign with plenty of potential.
“Not all of our girls play in summer league, but those that do hopefully gain more confidence in themselves and grow as a group together,” Frohman said.