SSPP weathers early flurry, grounds Sailors
39 seconds left in the half.
The Sabres (7-2-1 overall) didn’t let up and scored two more goals for a 3-0 lead. But not until the Sailors produced a flurry of activity with 15:25 left on the clock, forcing another save by Morris and a clear by Sarah Bradley.
A junior, Bradley positioned herself well throughout the game and was the reason many of the Sailors’ offensive possessions didn’t produce a wellplaced shot. She had plenty of backfield help from teammates Mattie Conner and Samantha Harrington.
Sabres head coach Suzanne McGettigan said Bradley has been “playing with more confidence. We repositioned the defense to make her our last defender. We’ve tried to move them around just to be supportive of each other. What’s best for the team may not be their best individual spot, but we try to do what’s best for the team, and the girls are buying into it.”
SSPP’s second goal came off another corner play with the same combination of players contributing except that Boehm sent the ball into the cage; Flynn to Hertelendy to Parchman, who backhanded a high hard shot to the left side of the goal area and Boehm redirected it into the left side of the cage to make it 2-0 with 13:48 on the clock.
Just over a minute later, Parchman dodged a defender and slammed the ball ahead on a rush and Boehm accelerated its pace into the left side of the cage to make it 3-0.
“I think we had really great teamwork and we kept the intensity throughout the game,” Boehm said. “We had a lot of passes and creating 2-v-1s on the field. … We’ve [Parchman and herself] been playing together for years now. We started in middle school together, kind of just know how to feed off of each other really well.”
To their credit, the Sailors continued attacking and scored with 9:09 remaining in the first half and 20:45 left in the second to close within 3-2. Kelley Lindsey connected with a lead pass from Gianna Antone and sent the ball high into the cage for the Sailors’ first goal. Antone finished off a successful corner-play opportunity by slamming the ball in from about five yards out for their second. Rachel Hornig had sent in the corner pass and Allen sent the ball toward the crease where Antone was waiting.
The Sabres, though, countered to increase their cushion to two goals, 4-2. Capitalizing on another corner play, Boehm flicked in a rebound with 19:14 remaining. With 14:53 left, Brittany Cummings collected a corner pass, dribbled into the circle, and fired on goal. Gretz got a piece of