Panthers can’t make early goal stand up in loss to Huskies
Perryville suffers third consecutive region final defeat
— When Claire Hudson’s shot found the back of the cage in the opening minutes of Wednesday’s contest, it marked the first time in three consecutive trips to the 1A North Region field hockey final that Perryville found the scoreboard.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, it would be their only tally of the afternoon.
The senior forward delivered her team the lead with an unassisted goal just 1:23 in the contest, and her teammates nearly cashed in on another strong scoring chance just a few minutes later, but the Panthers were unable to make their early goal stand up as they suffered their third-straight region final defeat—and
second in a row to the same team—in a 3-1 loss to host Patterson Mill.
“We really planned on starting strong and scaring Patterson Mill and getting an edge. That was our ambition,” Hudson said. “It’s always a hard-fought game going against Patterson Mill. It’s always amped up, it’s always intense and it’s hard losing it.
ast season, the game was settled in overtime after neither team scored in regulation. On Wednesday, both squads combined to score three times before the break.
Thirteen minutes after Hudson scored to put Perryville (5-10) on top, Sarah McCollum found the net off an assist by Julia Frankis to tie the game for the Huskies (8-9). She added her second goal with 6:29 remaining in the first half when she deposited a rebound into the cage following a penalty corner—one of 11 in the game for the host squad.
“She just came alive today,” Patterson Mill coach Shannon Swinscoe said of McCollum. “She was recently ... moved to offense and it’s really been her home. She’s just a natural goal scorer and that’s why I moved her.”
Perryville nearly tied the game early in the second half on a breakaway. As Panthers forward Krissy McDuff dribbled near the circle, Huskies goalie Grace Baltimore left the cage to challenge her. The ball then slipped past the netminder toward the goal, but it was cleared at the last moment by a Patterson Mill defender.
The half remained scoreless until Jasmine Sabol delivered a slap shot with 5:32 to play that bounced once and rocketed past Perryville senior goalie Madalynn Wilkinson.
“It was pretty hard because their shots come hard and quick so you just have to stay on your feet,” said Wilkinson, who finished with 18 saves. “It’s a really hard loss, especially because we were so close with the seniors last year. It’s just a heartbreaker because we all wanted to come out here and win it for the seniors.”
Twice in the first half, Patterson Mill’s Cass Ward scored off corners, but both times the goals were waved off due to infractions. The Huskies’ Juls Gabor then had a shot clang off the goal post with less than a minute to go before the break.
Perryville had zero corners in the contest.
“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize as much as we could have,” Perryville first-year coach Erin Hamson said. “Honestly, if we would have come and not played the way we did it would have been a tougher loss. Of course, it’s disappointing to not win that banner and hang that banner in our gym when we played just as well as they did, but the fact is we played so well that it’s hard as a coach to not be proud of them.
“Even when they were having to catch up with momentum they played with 100 percent of what they had until the very end of the game.”
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Perryville forward Krissy McDuff leaps over sliding Patterson Mill goalie Grace Baltimore during a breakway in the second half of the 1A North Region field hockey final on Wednesday. The Panthers fell to the host Huskies 3-1.