HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School field hockey team played the first 20 minutes of its season opener against Granville without scoring, finally tallying with just eight minutes left in the first half.
But once they broke through, there was little the Horde could do to stop it.
Six players scored for the Panthers, including Liz Ryan's hat trick and Caytlyn Springer's pair of goals in a 9-0 romp on Wednesday.
"It took us a little while to get started," said Hoosick Falls coach Denise Campbell. "We were controlling the game, but to finally get the first one in definitely started the momentum."
Springer scored the first goal with eight minutes left in the first half off an assist by Carsen Williams after Hoosick Falls racked up three straight corners. Exactly one minute later, Springer found the back of the cage again to double the advantage, this time off an assist by Olivia Schneider
"It was really nice to see consistent play, not just one and done," Campbell said.
Ryan scored her first goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, and Schneider made it 4-0 with 48 seconds left. Both goals were scored off of crosses by Schneider and Maddy Ryan.
"We scrimmaged [Class AA school] Columbia and they dominated the scrimmage by just passing, so we wanted to emphasize that in practice [Tuesday]," Campbell said. "To see them transition that from practice to the game, it's nice to see them incorporating it into play."
Any thoughts of a Granville comeback were ended quickly as Liz Ryan scored her second goal 1:52 into the second half, while Katelyn Harrison added a score on a penalty stroke 35 seconds later.
"Liz is a very aggressive player, she's tenacious, she wants to score, she wants the ball and she'll do what she needs to do to get it," Campbell said. "She has incredible stick work, sees the field really well. She gave us a huge boost last year and she's carried it into this year."
Subbing liberally, Hoosick Falls scored three more times, Liz Ryan completing her hat trick, Allyson Burdick adding a goal off an assist from Maddy Ryan and Lindsay McMahon tallied on another penalty stroke.
"We're still trying different players in different positions, so we have to be very versatile, especially with a small group," Campbell said. "We got the first game out of the way, it was a nice boost to get a victory."
McMahon's goal was her first at the varsity level.
"I've never taken a stroke in a game before and that made it even better," she said. "I aimed for the top corner, it ended up a little lower than that, but it still went in."
The Panthers will take the momentum into the Hoosick Falls tournament on Friday, starting against Emma Willard.
"We saw what we need to work on to get ready for the tournament," Campbell said.