1-0 OT Victory Seals the Deal
By John Anderson
They say “the third time’s the charm” and this is certainly the hope of the Auburn High Field Hockey team as they will face Watertown for the third time in the Division 2 State Final. The game will be at WPI on Saturday, but the time has not been released. Auburn lost to Watertown, 1-0, in 2013 and 5-0 in 2014, but the Rockets are different this year. Going into a final with a 23-0 record is simply amazing.
Getting to this point has been a lot of work, both at practices and during games. And, having three overtime victories during the playoffs is not a piece of cake. Along the way, the Lady Rockets have amassed 86 goals and only 7 scores against. Goalie Abby Lucas has 16 shutouts on the season, and, hopefully, another on Saturday.
Of all the games played this fall; Tuesday’s was undoubtedly one of the toughest. Frontier Regional has a top notch defense that disassembled many well constructed Auburn drives, often with two or more players attacking great ball movers like Shannon and Kileigh Hynes. The Red Hawks also filled the space in front of their net with blue uniforms during regulation play.
When looking through today’s slide show, take note of Frontier’s #10 senior Isabelle Contois who played in the middle and worked hard against any Rocket with the ball. She also played the entire game in her summer uniform, and it was cold on Tuesday evening. #18 senior Katherine Miner also made her presence well known during the game.
The Auburn defense was also spot on, and Abby Lucas only had 5 saves.
There were close calls for both teams during the game, and possession switched often. After the 0-0 regulation ended, Auburn was lucky to gain possession of the ball for the 15-minute overtime, and possess it they did. Any movement by the Red Hawks towards the Auburn net was quickly reversed, and the assault on the Frontier net was nearly relentless.
Captain Jess Clifford told Auburn Mass Daily, “We always play hard, and we practice and are ready for overtime.” Kileigh Hynes added, “They’re a really good team, but overtime is different. 7 on 7 is a lot different, and we know how to use the additional space.”
In the final play and seconds after a corner, Jackie Clark passed the ball to Kileigh Hynes who was running toward the net with the Frontier defense behind her. Hynes beat goalie Kelly Moulton. Game over. Auburn won 1-0.
Coach Bethann Cormier said, “I’m really proud of how this team learns. We learn about ourselves every game.”
Frontier was a worthy opponent, and it’s too bad their season ended with a loss. It’s a long ride back to South Deerfield on the sad bus.
Good luck on Saturday Lady Rockets! 24-0 would be excellent!