SSPP weath­ers early flurry, grounds Sailors

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

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

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