2017-09-13 / Sports

Scarborough shuts out TA in battle of unbeatens

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

SCARBOROUGH — The undefeated Scarborough field hockey team cruised to a 5-0 shutout win over visiting Thornton Academy, who was also unbeaten heading into the match, on Tuesday evening.

After a back-and-forth opening 18 minutes of play, the Red Storm would catch fire and pick up three goals in a five-minute span, two coming on corners. Lucy Malia scored Scarborough’s first two while Lauren Topchik added the third.

The two teams battled out of the gate of the second half, but once again, Scarborough put up two points in a two-minute span to extend the lead to 5-0 and put the game out of reach for TA. Tansey Hughes scored at the 16:17 mark while Malia completed the hat trick just 1:39 later.

“Two of their goals in the first half came on corners, so we made some adjustments in the second half and I think that was a bright spot because we figured out what we did wrong. We weren’t very happy with our performance, but credit to (Scarborough), they were fast which we knew they would be, we started out OK but once they started gaining momentum it was hard to get over that,” said TA coach Lori Smith.

The Trojans are one of the younger clubs in Class A South this fall, and were also playing without veteran goalie Jenica Botting. Smith felt that experience played a role in loss.

“We have a young defense, young backfield, young goalies. We definitely felt Jenica’s absence tonight,” said Smith. “(Scarborough is) experienced and they got the momentum. Two of them were on corners and they were directly due to mistakes we made. We also didn’t do well on our offensive corners considering they had seven and we had six, we didn’t do well in handling that.”

The Trojans fall to 3-1 on the year and pick things up today as they travel to take on Noble. TA looks to build on the success they have had, while also taking the lessons learned with them.

“We made some adjustments that helped but we’re still trying to figure out our backfield. We started two people that were different from who we started on Saturday,” said Smith. “I told the kids that it is like a test — it’s easy when you win three games off the bat but then you learn what you need to work on.”

 Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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