The wins keep coming
Panthers earn shutout win against Cavaliers
Entering high school this year, Patuxent’s Riley Eells was a little apprehensive about joining the Panthers’ field hockey team and trying to fit in on a team that was coming off its first state championship.
Nine games into the season, it turns out there wasn’t much to worry about.
“I think the key is our team is built together,” Eells said after Patuxent’s 6-0 win at Calvert on Monday afternoon. “We really communicate and work well together. I’m really happy with this team because I was very nervous coming in being with older girls. They honestly took us right in and made us feel welcome.”
The Panthers took the early lead on Monday on Savannah Gearhart’s goal roughly two minutes in and controlled the action from there, eventually defeating the Cavaliers in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division game.
Just looking at the Panthers results one might get the impression that the games might get a little boring, as Patuxent (9-0 overall, 4-0 SMAC Chesapeake) has yet to surrender a goal through its first nine contests. But every game provides a new challenge and another opportunity to continue making progress towards what the team hopes will be another postseason to remember.
“Calvert’s always a real- ly good team, so we have to come in ready,” Patuxent head coach Lynn Powell said. “Our focus is really on working together, talking a lot. Because we had quite a few subs get in today, that helps for later because once subs go in your communication has to be even better. ... We saw a lot of underclassmen step up today, a lot of speed, which is great.”
Patuxent has had the luxury of receiving production from both the experienced and less experienced parts of its roster.
Abby Alderman, one of the team’s freshmen, delivered a pair of goals in the team’s win at Calvert. Alderman scored the game’s second goal, while Kendra Scruggs and Zoe Elliott also found the goal to provide the Panthers with a 4-0 lead by the half against the Cavaliers.
Mack Dinopoulos hammered home Patuxent’s fifth goal in the latter stages of the second half, while Alderman capped the scoring with her second tally of the game in the closing moments.
With division games at home still remaining against Leonardtown (scheduled for 6 tonight) and Chopticon (Oct. 17), the Panthers have a couple of their stiffest regular-season tests still to come before they embark on their postseason goals.
“We need to keep passing the ball really well, talking on the field,” Alderman said. “We need to keep doing what we’re doing because it’s working.”
Patuxent had some voids to fill from the departures of last year’s senior class, but Eells, for one, thinks the team has come a long way from where it started.
“I think we’re progressing at a really fast pace,” she said. “We’re doing it together. I feel like we’re going to go far. I can’t explain it, but we’re all connecting. We’re united as one, family, basically.”
Calvert (3-4, 0-3) was scheduled to be back in action against Northern at 4 p.m. today, while Lackey was on the slate for a 4 p.m. matchup Thursday.
Patuxent’s Sarah Stack works with the ball in front of Calvert’s Lexie Melancon during the teams’ game at Calvert on Monday afternoon. Patuxent defeated its county rival 6-0 in the SMAC Chesapeake Division game.
Calvert’s Kami Muschette works the ball towards Patuxent’s defensive end during the teams’ game at Calvert on Monday afternoon. The Cavaliers fell to the Panthers 6-0.