Mounties edge WHS 1-0
While it wasn’t the outcome they wanted, the Whitehall field hockey team’s game against Stroudsburg last Friday afternoon yielded a lot of positive signs.
They lost to the visiting Mounties 1-0, but they controlled the action throughout the game. They were relentless around the cage in the second half as they unleashed a multitude of shots, with one shot careening off the post, a goalkeeper’s best friend.
They also were earning a number of corners, putting pressure on the Mountie defense with each attempt. They continually tried to get shots through the thicket of sticks laid down by the Mountie defenders. One shot appeared to go through, with the referee even signaling a goal, but it sailed just wide.
Head coach Jennifer Bodnar was extremely pleased with their effort, noting that they only allowed two defensive corners the whole game. Additionally, the Mounties only had a handful of shots the entire game, while the Zephyrs tallies rose into double digits.
“I’m extremely disappointed that we didn’t pull out the win, but this was by far the best that we played the entire season,” said Bodnar. “It’s not the outcome we wanted, but I think this is what we needed.”
Bodnar didn’t want to say that they were “peaking,” but firmly believes they’re moving in the right direction. Stroudsburg’s a perennial powerhouse, and came into Friday’s game with an 8-2-2 record. For the last two seasons, the Mounties have made it to the conference finals, with 2015’s appearance resulting in a 1-0 win over Emmaus.
After the game, Bodnar made sure to tell her players about what she saw on the field against one of the top teams in the league.
“If you play like this, I don’t think that there’s a game the rest of the season that we can’t win,” said Bodnar. “I think they needed this confidence booster, and it should stay with them that we dominated, unfortunately we need to get the ball in the cage.”
She also saw how well they executed their offense, making that extra pass in an effort to get the ball down the field and into the cage.
“We’re stepping up, we’re looking for each other, and we’re trusting each other today so I’m really proud of the game,” said Bodnar. “This was by far our best game, and when a team has just two or three shots [on goal], and at the same time, when we have that many chances we have to put the ball in the cage.”
The Zephs followed that loss with a 4-2 win over Salisbury on Saturday.
The Zephs have a full slate of games this week as East Stroudsburg South, Freedom and Moravian High Schools await this week.