Eagles take advantage of rebounds in field hockey win
Special to the Whig
— Bohemia Manor spends time in each practice working on what to do when its shots are blocked by the goaltender, creating rebound opportunities in front of the cage.
That practice paid off for the Ea-
gles on Tuesday as they scored both of their goals on rebound opportunities in their 2-0 victory over visiting North East in Susquehanna Division field hockey action.
After the Indians controlled the action for the first 15 minutes of the game, the field tilted to the other side as Bo Manor took control. The Eagles then broke through in the 19th minute of the first half when Reghan Dunn put the ball into the cage off of a rebound to make it 1-0.
“We were on an offensive corner, so we were at an advantage. In my mind, every corner should be a goal. I took an initial shot, and the goalie kicked it out,” Dunn said of her goahead tally. “We practice rebounds at practice just to make sure as soon as the ball comes out, we’re taking another shot. I took an easy push pass just so I could get it off my stick. A little lift, and it went right in.”
Bo Manor (2-3 overall, 2-0 division) rode the momentum of its first goal and continued to pressure North East’s defense. It paid off just four minutes later, as Daniella Vibriesca collected another rebound and put the ball in the back of the cage to double her team’s advantage.
The Eagles controlled the game from that point, possessing the ball for large chunks of time. Even though they did not score, they created chances while preventing the Indians (1-4, 1-1) from getting the ball.
Bo Manor used a tight man-to-man defense to prevent the opposition from pushing the ball upfield consistently.
“I think once we got control of the ball and got that first goal, that got our momentum going,” Eagles coach Ashley Christy said. “Thankfully we were able to keep it going for the rest of the game.”
North East’s strong start to the game was a result of the team coming into the contest with an aggressive attitude.
“We just came out really [aggressive]. I think the girls really took to the ball, and they knew we had to step to the ball early and keep possession,” Indians coach Kendie Hudson said. “I think in the first 10 minutes, it was awesome. We had possession of the ball for 90 percent of the time.”