Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

East field hockey ties reigning section champ Iroquois

Wins other games by shutout

Williamsville East’s field hockey team played its best game of the season against the top Class B team in Section VI, tying reigning section champion Iroquois, 0-0, Friday.

“It was the best I have seen our girls play this year,” East coach Erin Rajczak said. “Our entire team was pumped up for this game. Our defense, Hannah Nurse in goal and Emily Turton, Autumn D’Amico, and Madi Kozlowski as our backs, were unstoppable.”

Rajczak said her team put the pressure on in the first half, and Iroquois reciprocated in the second half.

Rajczak said Chelsea Mc- Namara had an amazing offensive game, and Grace Pogorzala and Haley Metcalf had outstanding games in the midfield.

The game was still scoreless after 60 minutes of regulation play, so it went to a 10-minute 7-on-7 overtime.

After overtime, it moved to a five-person shootout. Jenna Cavalieri, Haley Metcalf, and Autumn D’Amico all scored for East.

Iroquois’ fifth shooter tied the shootout at 3-3.

“It was such a fun game to coach, and everyone was so supportive of each other that it really made it a team effort,” Rajczak said.

East, 9-3-1, won its other two games by shutout, blanking Hamburg, 4-0, on the road Oct. 2, and blanking Lancaster, 3-0, at home Oct. 4.

Holly Schmelzer scored three minutes into the Hamburg game off a pass from Jenna Cavalieri.

The score remained 1-0 until 16:37 left in the second half, when Laura Kaplan came into the game and found the back of the net off a pass from Schmelzer.

Emily Turton then scored on a corner off a pass from Morgan Hjemdahl-Monsen. Hjemdahl-Monsen then scored her own goal off a pass from Metcalf.

Schmelzer had two goals and an assist against Lancaster.

Her first goal was in the first half and the second goal was about halfway through the second half. She assisted on Hjemdahl-Monsen’s goal with 2:38 remaining in the first half.

East hosts Pioneer at 7 p.m. Wednesday and travels to Orchard Park at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Sweet Home at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16.

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