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.

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