Weekly Feature

2018-09-19 / Sports

Amherst field hockey continues to build

Amherst’s field hockey team is a young squad that is building and that was evident in its games played this past week.

In the Lady Tigers’ 3-2 road loss at Orchard Park on Sept. 12, the Lady Quakers came out strong, which led to a goal 10 minutes into the game.

Amherst coach Laurie LeGoff said the team rose to the challenge with smart possession play. The sustained attack earned Amherst its first stroke of the year, which Audrey Mazzara scored after taking advantage of the opportunity against a good goalie.

Two minutes later, Olivia Cinquino scored with the assist going to Allie Thielman. Amherst led 2-1 at halftime.

In the second half, OP capitalized on a corner and then on a field play goal. Amherst responded by generating opportunities until the last second of the game.

In a 1-0 home loss against Holland on Friday, a Holland player redirected a shot that bounded up off the grass for the game winner.

“We need to be better defensively with our marking,” LeGoff said.

She said Amherst evened the play and stepped up to earn a few corners to end the first half.

LeGoff credited Holland’s defense, which played well as her team was in Holland’s end for most of the second half.

“We were unable to finish off our chances,” LeGoff said. “Though we were pleased with the team picking up the intensity level, we need to play for sixty minutes.”

She said Audrey Mazzara, Katherine Jacobia and Bridget Galvin have done a good job in the midfield.

She also said Thielman, Cinquino, Jill Martin, Isabella Bonvissuto, Vicky Woite and Mia Boccabella are working well together, and Maddie Herdlein elevated her play in goal this week with good decisions and execution.

Amherst traveled to East Aurora on Monday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press. Amherst plays at Lancaster at 5 p.m. Friday.

“The girls are getting stronger each day,” LeGoff said. “They are coming together as a team. The improved decision making is evident. We need to have a sustained 60-minute effort to meet the challenges of each game.”

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