By John Anderson

Auburn High’s field hockey team likely faced their toughest SWCL competitor on Tuesday night at home when they topped Quaboag, 4-1. The Cougars came to Auburn with a 5-0-1 record, and the Rockets handed them their first loss. Quaboag is not a team to be taken lightly. In the 2014 season, Auburn and Quaboag tied 0-0 in the regular season, and the Rockets won in the Central D2 Semifinal, 2-1, in a game that was a nail biter.

The Cougars are well coached and very driven, but the Rocket defense kept them at bay for the most part. Coach Bethann Cormier told Auburn Mass Daily that senior Anna Matthews was a big player in that defense. “Anna was excellent tonight.” On the offensive end, Cormier credited Molly Cutting for great work. “She is just outstanding.”

There was a moment of controversy at the end of the first half when the horn blew in the midst of an Auburn corner. According to the rules, the play should have continued, but one referee blew his whistle. The Rockets subsequently scored which logically angered the Quaboag coach. As most spectators know, referees have to stick with their decisions, right or wrong, and such was the case on Tuesday. In the end, the point for Auburn had no effect on the outcome. The half ended 2-0 in favor of the home team.

Despite a period of moderate rain in the second half, the game continued and Auburn added 2 more goals. Late in the game, the Cougars earned a goal, but it was too little too late. Kileigh Hynes, Sophia Laperle, Jackie Clark, and Colleen Fellows each had a goal while Kileigh Hynes and Anna Matthews had assists. Abby Lucas had 5 saves in the Rocket net.

This win came after a 2-0 victory over Leicester on Monday. Jackie Clark and Hanna Harris each earned goals while Harris and Molly Cutting had assists. The girls play at 4:45pm in Sturbridge at Tantasqua.

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