SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers saw its season end against Pearl River in the Section 1 Class B field hockey quarterfinals last season.
The Tuskers were ready for a regular-season rematch when the Pirates came to Lincolndale on Sept. 10. Somers came to play and shut out Pearl River, 5-0.
“We were coming back for revenge, for sure,” Somers senior captain Erin Clark said. “We all were into this game and knew we had to get it done.”
Fellow senior co-captain Haley Dineen shared similar sentiments.
“We really needed to win this one just because obviously we lost last year and we didn’t want to lose again,” Dineen said. “We knew we were the better team and we should have won. It definitely worked out in our favor this game. We played really well.”
Junior Bella Del Vecchio, who finished with three assists, crossed in a pass to Julie Sirchia and she did the rest to give Somers a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Nieve Mahood doubled the lead on a corner with 8:58 left in the first half.
Somers took the two-goal edge into halftime and quickly made it 3-0 when Maddy Combs scored with the assist going to Clark less than five minutes into the second half.
“They’re very hungry and they’re very quick,” Somers coach Michelle Armstrong said of her squad. “They just really want it and wanted to win it for the goalie (senior Nicole Garrity), because last year she couldn’t play in the (sectional) game. She broke her foot at the end of our season last year. She pulled our defense together today. She’s doing a great job communicating more whereas last year she might have been a little more timid.”
Clark added two insurance goals with Del Vecchio assisting on the first of them.
The Tuskers were on the offensive for the majority of the game with Del Vecchio, Clark, Dineen and company constantly pushing the tempo. They took 24 shots for the game and had eight corners.
“We’ve worked a lot on transferring the ball and moving up the field,” Clark said. “We have a lot of speed this year. Especially against a team like that, where we’re able to get it to a wing like Bella who’s so fast and can run it all the way up the sideline. And then looking for the inside pass has been working for us lately.”
Armstrong said many of the players “have been playing together for so long and know where each other are on the field at all times.”
“They don’t even have to look up; they know where they are,” Armstrong said. “It’s just one of those things.”
Somers limited Pearl River’s scoring chances and held them to just four shots on goal, which were all saved by Garrity.
“We really pressured off their first touch, which was a big help,” said Dineen, who leads the defense. “We communicated really well back there today.”
Armstrong noted that junior Ciara Murphy has also been critical on defense.
Somers 4, Harrison 0
The Tuskers welcomed Harrison on Sept. 12 and improved to 4-1 with a 4-0 win.
Del Vecchio had two goals and an assist to lead the way. Mahood notched a goal and two assists. Abigail Brooks scored a goal while Clark had an assist. Garrity made four saves. Armstrong credited Dineen with an outstanding game on defense.
Somers was scheduled to host Nyack on Sept. 17. They then traveled to Nanuet the next day. The Tuskers will head to Brewster for a 3:45 p.m. game on Sept. 20. On Sept. 21, they take on North Salem at the Tigers’ homecoming at 12:30 p.m.
“We know we have to keep working hard,” Clark said. “We can’t slack off because we want to have an even better season than last season. We just have to continue what we’re doing and work hard each game.”