Elks stay unbeaten with win over Cobras
Special to the Whig
Elkton knew that it would have to communicate and pass well to overcome the physical style of play that Harford Tech presented during Monday afternoon’s Susquehanna Division field hockey showdown.
The Golden Elks did just that as their offense enabled them to control the ball the majority of the game in a 3-0 home victory over the Co-
bras. With the win, the Cecil squad remained undefeated on the season.
“We practice on our passing and having more accurate drives, and we knew Harford Tech would not be an easy game, even back when I played. We made sure that everyone wouldn’t take them lightly,” Elkton coach Renee Dunn said. “We knew we had to come out and really work dodging and having nice drives to get it down the field. Communication is a big part of that, as well.”
After Harford Tech had the ball for the first two minutes of action, the Elks took control and kept the ball on their attacking half for the remainder of the half, using strong passes that resulted in several scoring chances.
Elkton (6-0 overall, 3-0 division) finally broke through midway through the first half when Vanessa Dunn took a shot that bounced off the knee pad of the Cobras goaltender, before Nicole Baldino put in the rebound to make the score 1-0.
The Elks added to their lead early in the second half when Baldino positioned herself next to the goal post and placed a pass from Dunn into the back of the cage to double her team’s lead.
Elkton then put the game out of reach with 11:04 left in the game when Maddie Rzucidlo put a Maia Giafes pass into the cage to make it 3-0, capping a hard-fought win.
“It was definitely hard. It was a very physical game, but we kind of kept our composure and played the best that we could,” Baldino said. “I think it was due to communication and talking to each other, which is definitely a big part of being on a team.”
The win marked the Elks’ sixth-straight victory to start the season.
“After we win, we get excited because we’re so happy, and we just remind the girls that you have to keep practicing and keep working hard to keep winning,’” Renee Dunn said. “It’s great, but we have to take it one game at a time and every one has to contribute.”
The Cobras fall to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the lower division.
Elkton’s Julia Matsen controls the ball during the Golden Elks’ 3-0 Susquehanna Division field hockey victory over visiting Harford Tech on Monday.