Defense, strong second half propels Lady Trojans to win
New Kent’s Lady Trojans entertained visiting Colonial Heights in a Tuesday night home field hockey contest. And similar to the score they would put up in the victory, it matched their overall record in the win.
Three second half tallies by the host propelled the Lady Trojans 3-0 over the Lady Colonials, keeping their record unblemished on the year.
The first half was a game where defense by both sides stood out. With each team getting few chances to convert on goals and penalty corners, the first thirty minutes saw both coaches utilize great strategies to limit goal production. Each team responded, limiting goal production and keeping scoring attempts outside the circle.
The second half started out as a mirror of the opening stanza, but eventually saw New Kent exert more aggressive energy in their offensive arsenal. Maddie Schwarz’s goal at the 23:49 mark gave the hosts what would be the go-ahead goal. However, it was consecutive scores by Haylie Bayens one-minute apart late in the second half that proved to provide enough comfort room to seal the win.
Lady Trojan head coach Cristen Sickal spoke about her team’s defense and other crucial elements in the contest.
“The game was tight in the first half and I think we were a little bunched up and sloppy,” she said. “At the end of the first half, we kind of got it together and in the second half, we made our spacing a little better, especially down by the goal which is how all three of those goals were able to happen.
“I am totally excited we are 3-0 and our defense,” Sickal continued. “I was impressed by our new goalie and had changes in the midfield and defense. The girls handled it well, so everybody did great.”