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Winthrop:: holds off tough Spruce Mountain squad

Postby SJ » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:39 am

Ramblers break out against Raiders

...“Scoring has been an issue for us in the preseason,” Merrill said. “So to see them kind of come together, find the spots, be where we needed to be, we spent a lot of time on that specifically, so to see it all come together it’s… exciting.”

Winthrop controlled most of the first half, getting off six shots and earning eight penalty corners. The midfield was a dominant area for the Ramblers as it took Oak Hill five minutes before moving the ball into Winthrop’s end. Center midfielder Katie Perkins controlled the midfield for the Ramblers.

“Katie Perkins, she is just a wall,” Merrill said. “She directs our front line and if it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t be as offensively aggressive as we are. The way we used our aerials and we were able to switch fields, it’s starting to come together for us.”

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Re: Ramblers break out against Raiders

Postby CM Newspapers » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:08 am

Winthrop field hockey takes advantage of opportunities in win over Oak Hill
Kinli DiBiase leads Ramblers with two goals, assist

... “Our passing was a lot better inside the circle,” said DiBiase who finished with two goals and an assist. “We were mentally prepared for this game. We knew what we had to do.”

These Mountain Valley Conference teams have developed a strong rivalry the past few seasons. Last year, the Ramblers beat the Raiders in the MVC championship game but Oak Hill went on to win the Class C state championship.

Both teams graduated a half dozen starters but at this point the Ramblers appear further along. Not only did they control the tempo but they won most of the 1-on-1 battles.

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Winthrop:: remains unbeaten with win over Mountain Valley

Postby SJ » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:23 am

Winthrop remains unbeaten with win over Mountain Valley

..."Winthrop is a good team. They are fast and the passing made it difficult for us (marking) up," Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes said. "They simply wore us down, especially during the second half. We only have two subs and that is not enough to be able to spell the girls."

Indeed, Winthrop (6-0), ranked No.1 in Class C North, started out fast to set the tone by crashing on offense and it paid off. The Ramblers were awarded a penalty corner, and Brenna Feeney passed the ball forward to Blanchard, who poked it in to the right corner of the cage, just 1:17 in to the game.

Winthrop made it 2-0 as Hajduk scored when her shot eluded Falcons goalie Alyssa Akers (16 saves), who had rushed out to cut down the angle. Feeney (goal, two assists) assisted on the play, with 20:18 left in the first half.

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Re: Winthrop:: holds off tough Spruce Mountain squad

Postby SJ » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:18 am

Winthrop holds off tough Spruce Mountain squad in MVC field hockey clash

...On the Rambers' ninth try, they finally found the back of the cage. Barely.

Bre Feeney finished a tic-tac play from Katie Perkins and Moriah Hajduk with a tip-in past Spruce Mountain keeper Sydney Shafter with 14:57 to play in regulation Friday to lift Winthrop to a 1-0 win over the visiting Phoenix in an MVC field hockey showdown.

"It actually worked," Winthrop coach Jessica Merrill said, tongue firmly in cheek. "We've actually been scoring more on our corners lately than we did earlier in the season. It was nice to see them get one in again after missing earlier in the game."

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Re: Winthrop:: Lisbon settle for field hockey draw

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:55 am

Winthrop, Lisbon settle for field hockey draw
Ramblers string of seven consecutive victories comes to a halt.

... The statistics were as one-sided as they come. The Ramblers put 26 shots on the Lisbon goal and senior goalie Mikaylia Harnden (25 saves) while the Greyhounds managed just five against Winthrop. Penalty corners also ran in Winthrop’s favor, 26-3.

In addition to Harnden, Winthrop’s field may have been its greatest opponent.

“It really is,” Winthrop coach Jess Merrill said. “We spend a lot of time in practice doing our corners because we know the field is so bouncy and it’s just getting worse as the season’s going on. And we couldn’t adjust to the bumpiness.”

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Re: Winthrop:: holds off tough Spruce Mountain squad

Postby SJ » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:52 am

Winthrop holds off tough Spruce Mountain squad in MVC field hockey clash

...“It feels really good, but it was really a team effort,” Anuszewski said. “Our goalie made an amazing save down at the other goal. Without everyone, it wouldn’t have happened.

“We were just all in our spots. We were all trying to make it there. The ball was loose and I just had to get it past the goalie and in.”

No problem — and she did with no time on the clock after a corner was called.

Winthrop coach Jessica Merrill is well aware that the Phoenix are a good passing team and are a tough act to beat.

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