By BRIAN JENNINGS
The field hockey team (1-7) achieved their first win of the season when they defeated Lyman Hall (1-5-1), 4-1, at home on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Kayla Carrera scored the Lady Knights’ first goal midway through the first half. Kaylee Graef scored the next goal before the end of the first period with 1:53 remaining. Graef struck again in the beginning of the second half on an assist by Jen Briscoe and Brittney Sao. Kelsey Snodgrass added another for insurance a few minutes later. Lyman Halls only goal came late in the second half.
The Knights took 20 shots on goal and Amanda Delorme saved two of Lyman Hall’s three shots on goal. The Knights had six penalty corners and Lyman Hall had one.
The Knights almost won their first game of the season a couple days earlier at Fermi (2-4-1), but fell short by a goal in overtime, 2-1.
After a scoreless first half, Fermi jumped on the board first with a goal early in the second half. The Knights responded though with a goal from Ariel Perry with 15:10 left in regulation, eventually sending the game into overtime. Fermi scored the game winning goal with 8:28 to go in overtime.
The Knights took three shots on goal and Delorme saved seven of Fermi’s 12 shots on goal. The Knights had four penalty corners and Fermi had 10.
“We lost to Fermi in (overtime), but one of the things we noticed is that we didn’t get as many shots on goal as we wanted to,” said Luddy. “One of our objectives against Lyman Hall was to shoot at goal and we finished with 20 shots on goal. We got more aggressive in the circle, shooting multiple shots within a short amount of time. So, with more shots, we got more confident. The forwards were more aggressive towards the ball, and I think we did an excellent job of protecting the ball. We were expecting rebounds and shot off of them. I think we just played much better and how well I know we can play.”
The Knights tried to carry the momentum from Thursday’s win into Friday’s game at South Windsor (6-1), but they fell short 7-0.
South Windsor had built a 4-0 lead by halftime. The Knights took five shots on goal and Delorme saved 14 of South Windsor’s 21 shots on goal.
The Knights will try to add to their win as they look to make a run at the Class L state tournament when they host Wethersfield (2-5) at home on Tuesday, Oct. 6.