Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

North field hockey snaps Iroquois’ 30-game win streak against WNY teams

Williamsville North’s field hockey team remained unbeaten after downing Iroquois, 3-2, Oct. 4, snapping Iroquois’ 30-game unbeaten streak against Western New York competition.

The last time Iroquois lost to a WNY team was to Amherst in the 2015 Section VI Class B final.

The win moved the Lady Spartans to 12-0. They improved to 13-0 after beating Holland, 4-2, Friday.

“The girls seemed extremely focused and just kept reminding each other why we are here, what goals they have and how important the game was to them,” North coach Andrea Maslowski said. “We know what a great team Iroquois has and how strong each of their players are. It was a great day to play. The rain held off and the sun was shining for most of the game. We walked onto the field and as the whistle blew it was amazing.”

Maslowski said seeing the smiles and joy on their faces was simply amazing.

“Each and every one of them deserved this win,” Maslowski said. “They have worked so hard on and off the field. They have a great bond and have grown into a great family.”

Bre Shannon scored the game-winning goal, made on a corner with about six minutes left on an assist from Emma Roland.

“Emma Roland looked at senior Catherine Angiers, called out a corner and said it will work,” Maslowski said. “So that is what they called, and sure enough, the ball went into the cage.”

Maslowski said her team went hard to the cage and scored in the first six minutes when Angiers capitalized off a pass from Roland.

She said the midfield and defense stepped up and worked hard to feed the ball up and keep it in their end.

“We continued to push, but Iroquois was gaining control and had back-to-back corners within the first half,” Maslowski said. “We had to rise and step up. Sam Mallare made so many great saves and our defense had her back. One of our defenders made a save and passed it to Danielle Batz, who carried it out and passed it up the field.”

North capitalized in the last five minutes of the first half when Roland finished off a goal with a pass from Jordan Cooper.

Iroquois came out strong in the second half, who ended up tying the game at 2-2 on a penalty stroke from Samantha Gaglio.

“Sam Mallare did a great job attacking the ball,” Maslowski said. “I would not have changed it in any way. It was a beautiful stroke from Samantha Gaglio.”

North travels to Orchard Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and Starpoint at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.

“I am thankful for this opportunity, and I am so happy I took this journey four years ago starting on JV,” Maslowski said. “These are the girls that I started with on JV four years ago. I would not have thought four years ago that this field hockey family would be flourishing like this. I am so proud of each and every single one of these girls. They have played with such grit and focus. It has been simply amazing to watch them grow.”

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