Shore scores two on penalty corners in win

Shore scores two on penalty corners in win

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Shore scores two on penalty corners in win

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WEST LONG BRANCH

The Shore Regional field hockey team scored two goals on penalty corners and one goal via a rebound of the oppposing goalie’s pads as the Blue Devils toppled the Lawrenceville School, 3-0, in a nonconference game on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Devils (4-0-1) cashed in on their very first penalty corner of the game. Carol Middough crossed the ball to Carly Rosati in the circle and Rosati beat Lawrenceville goalie Sofia Pullen just 2:30 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

“Our method of developing our offense is exactly the same. Obviously the personnel has changed over the years,” Shore Regional coach Nancy Williams said. “You have to understand what Lawrenceville was doing. They weren’t trying to attack, they would put everyone in the circle in front of us. So, that limits your style of play.”

So, the Blue Devils took what the defense gave them and still made Lawrenceville pay for that strategy.

Almost eight minutes later, the Blue Devils continued their aggressive strategy in the circle when Middough broke loose from the Lawrenceville defense and cleaned up a shot off the goalie’s pads for the team’s second goal at 10:46.

“If they are going to put 11 in the circle and play defense,” Williams said. “There is not a lot of options you have but to force corners.”

The Blue Devils got their second corner a short time after their second goal.

That corner turned into one of Shore’s legendary stick-stop plays as inserter Jessica Welch fired the ball to the top of the circle and Micheala Curtis, the holder, stopped the ball in motion in time for Middough to blast a shot past the Lawrenceville defense for a 3-0 lead at 13:48.

“A penalty corner play (in field hockey) is like a football player centering the ball for the place kicker,” Williams said. “You have to get it (the ball) to the exact spot for it (the play) to work.”

On that instance, the Blue Devils did.

Overall, the Blue Devils dominated Lawrenceville in terms of shots, 20-2, and also on penalty corners, 14-2. Pullen, the Lawrenceville goalie, had penalty of action in the cage as she made 14 saves while Shore’s Sarah Dywer stopped the two shots she faced.

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