Do­ing it for the dough­nuts

Hur­ri­canes shut out Braves

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­

Play­ing with a ros­ter com­prised pri­mar­ily with un­der­class­men, Hunt­ing­town’s field hockey team strug­gled to score through stages of the sea­son.

As it turns out, all the Hur­ri­canes needed was a lit­tle in­cen­tive.

“I think they were promised dough­nuts from the Sugar Shack over in Alexan­dria,” Hunt­ing­town head coach Shan­non Per­setic said af­ter her team’s 3-0 South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Chop­ti­con Braves on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

What­ever the case, fol­low­ing back-to­back 1-0 losses to Calvert and North­ern on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28, Hunt­ing­town (8-3, 3-3 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) fig­ured things out. The Hur­ri­canes have outscored their op­po­nents 19-1 in their games since, de­feat­ing La Plata, Great Mills, Leonard­town and Chop­ti­con dur­ing that span.

“Af­ter the loss to Calvert we were re­ally sad,” Hunt­ing­town’s Ken­ley Zeruto said, “but then we got back up and haven’t lost a game since.”

The team put in the work in prac­tice all sea­son and the ben­e­fits have started to show up in the Hur­ri­canes’ per­for­mance in games, ac­cord­ing to Per­setic.

“It’s so nice when you take things from prac­tice to the field,” Per­setic said. “It’s a good win to­day for the girls. Go­ing into the play­offs it’s a re­ally, re­ally good win for them. It’s just leaps and bounds, what they’ve done Day 1 un­til now.”

When prac­tice started Hunt­ing­town’s team was largely in­ex­pe­ri­enced, but on Tues­day won a game that car­ried sig­nif­i­cance in terms of play­off seed­ing. Chopti-

con (7-4, 3-3) car­ried an iden­ti­cal record into the game, and with both teams com­pet­ing in the Class 3A South Re­gion in the post­sea­son they were es­sen­tially de­ter­min­ing which could snag a No. 2 seed in the re­gion.

Jade Sanchez, Alexa Zeruto and Ken­ley Zeruto each con­trib­uted goals to the Hur­ri­canes’ win. The team has steadily im­proved each step through­out the sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Alexa Zeruto.

“I think ev­ery game ev­ery game we’ve been im­prov­ing,” she said. “It’s all the lit­tle things, get­ting faster, dodg­ing, commu- nica­tion. We’re def­i­nitely more con­fi­dent now in our drives, our cor­ners. We worked on cor­ners for like two hours the other day, so our cor­ners have got­ten a lot bet­ter, I think.”

Sanchez con­curred with her team­mate’s as­sess­ment and noted how big a win over Chop­ti­con was. It was the Braves who ended the Hur­ri­canes’ sea­son in the re­gional play­offs a year ago.

“Through­out the sea­son we’ve re­ally, re­ally pro­gressed,” Sanchez added. “We’re get­ting to the ball faster, com­mu­ni­cat­ing bet­ter, just ev­ery­thing is im­prov­ing as the sea­son goes on.

“Chop­ti­con has beat us in the past and it’s been re­ally heart­break­ing. To come back this year and beat them by three feels so good.”

Hunt­ing­town’s reg­u­lar sea­son is set to close when it hosts Meade, of Anne Arun­del County, at 4:30 p.m. Mon­day.

Chop­ti­con will look to bounce back from Tues­day’s loss when it hosts North Point in its reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale at 4 p.m. to­day. For the Braves, it’s all about tak­ing bet­ter ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties when they are pre­sented, ac­cord­ing to head coach Anne Val­land­ing­ham.

“Hunt­ing­town played a solid game yes­ter­day,” Val­land­ing­ham said in an email on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “Chop­ti­con had op­por­tu­ni­ties to score, we need to cap­i­tal­ize on those mo­ments and play with in­ten­sity and pur­pose. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the name of the game.”


Hunt­ing­town’s Ken­ley Zeruto, cen­ter, tries to work the ball past Chop­ti­con’s Lind­sey Gray on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Zeruto scored one goal in Hunt­ing­town’s 3-0 win.

Hunt­ing­town’s Emma Pike and Chop­ti­con’s Sarah Sweeney bat­tle for the ball dur­ing the teams’ game at Hunt­ing­town on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Hunt­ing­town de­feated Chop­ti­con 3-0.


Hunt­ing­town’s Hai­ley Lag­i­moniere works to get the ball out of the Hur­ri­canes’ de­fen­sive zone with Chop­ti­con’s Is­abella Lehr in pur­suit dur­ing the sec­ond half of the teams’ game at Hunt­ing­town on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Hunt­ing­town de­feated the Braves 3-0.

Hunt­ing­town’s Olivia Thomp­son hits the ball down­field dur­ing the Hur­ri­canes’ game with the vis­it­ing Chop­ti­con Braves on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Hunt­ing­town de­feated the Braves 3-0.

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