By John Anderson

The Lady Rockets beat Sutton 2-1 on Friday afternoon, but it was no walk in the park. Sutton always puts out tough teams, and this first round playoff game was no exception. The Suzies scored first in what was a lackluster half for Auburn. Ironically, all three goals were made with the sun at the goalie’s back, and none were made as they faced the harsh afternoon sun.

When autofocus strays from the intended subject, it can be frustrating, but seeing the Sutton bench as Colleen Fellows scores her second goal is priceless. ©2016 John R. Anderson

When autofocus strays from the intended subject, it can be frustrating, but seeing the Sutton bench as Colleen Fellows scores her second goal is priceless. ©2016 John R. Anderson

A halftime speech from the Auburn coaches likely lit a fire under the Rockets, and the fuse looked like it was burning when they returned to the field. The Rockets lifted off at the 18:30 mark when Kileigh Hynes took a shot and the Sutton keeper fell back in defense. Colleen Fellows worked the ball free and made a quick goal to tie the game, 1-1.

With less than 4 minutes left, another attack on the Sutton net resulted in the goalie falling back and essentially leaving an open net which Fellows, again, took advantage of. This junior plays a lot of field hockey, and she continues to come through at critical moments. Julianna Martinelli had the assist this time.

Captain Kileigh Hynes took nearly 2 minutes off the clock by tightly dribbling the ball near the sideline on Sutton’s end. Her skills are a thing of beauty, and it drove the adjacent Sutton fans a bit crazy as she prevented any offense from the Suzies. When the final horn blew, Auburn advanced and Sutton went home.

Coach Bethann Cormier credited the Rocket’s second half performance to “a ton of senior leadership” which she largely credited to Nora Leblanc who “lit it up.” Hynes credits this win to the team’s many practices where “we’re constantly working with each other.” Leblanc thought her team really pulled together in the final 30 minutes.

As for the rest of the season, Hynes said, “I think we’ll continue to work hard and go as far as we can.” That work begins in just a few hours when #4 Auburn faces #12 Blackstone Valley at 2:00pm today.

Let’s keep it going Ladies!