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

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Hu­bert bhu­bert@free­manon­ @bri­anat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.

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