Rondout captures sixth straight Section 9 title
Ganders shut out Onteora to win sixth straight Section 9 crown — their first as a Class C squad
Rondout Valley High captured its sixth straight Section 9 field hockey title with a 3-0 win over Onteora.
Rondout Valley High captured its sixth straight Section 9 field hockey crown — its first in Class C — by blanking Onteora, 3-0, in Friday’s championship at Dietz Stadium.
Ganders Coach Nanette Simione said playing in Class C was a bit of change for the program, which had been a Class B team since 1985.
“We came into this game with a little different feel,” Simione said. “We’ve always been a B. We know what to expect with Red Hook. We always play a really strong game with them.
“We knew the C’s were really tough, and Onteora’s had a great season, and Webutuck’s had a great season, so coming into this game was a little different for us.”
After 21 scoreless minutes, Sasha Stratton put the (12-33) Ganders on the board and the score remained 1-0 at halftime despite Rondout being on the attack for most of the half.
The Ganders picked right up where they left off in the second half with several shots just missing the cage in the opening minutes.
Despite the pressure, and keeping the ball in Onteora’s half of the field, Rond-
out didn’t find the net again until Stratton, a senior, connected on a Toni Hamilton pass for her second goal with just under six minutes left in the contest.
With 1:42 remaining, Makaylah Mutz put in an Erin Weimann assist to round the scoring for Rondout.
Stratton said she brought
an end to the second half stalemate by being aggressive in the circle.
“It’s really important to receive the ball off the pads and pressure,” Sratton said. “And we never kind of never let down. In the last couple of minutes we were pressuring the ball off the pads and it was pretty awesome we could put another goal in.”
Stratton credited the Ganders’ win to hard work the last couple of weeks.
“We’ve been working really
hard in the circle, and it really paid off today,” she said. “We got the ball off the pads, and put in the goal and worked together really well to secure the championship. Simione, said they’re already looking ahead to next Saturday’s regional contest against the Section 1 champion at Valhalla and making a run at this year’s final four.
While Rondout’s offense had 15 shots on goal, she said her squad needs to
work more on pressuring and being aggressive to the ball in the circle. Stratton added they’ll be focusing on building on a defensive front that didn’t allow the Eagles a single shot during Friday’s contest. “When playing higher level teams it’s important to re-defend and cover passing,” Stratton said. The Ganders held 16-7 edge over the Eagles in penalty corners. Baileigh Griese made 12 saves in the loss for Onteora.
Rondout players are all smiles after their victory over Onteora in Friday’s Section 9, Class C final.