Panthers hold off feisty Warrensburg
HOOSICK, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls field hockey team and coach Denise Campbell were coming off a milestone on Monday as the Panthers' leader won her 300th career game against Greenwich.
So it would have been easy for a letdown on Wednesday against Warrensburg.
But there was no such thing as Hoosick Falls' Eliza Whitman scored in the sixth minute and the Panthers held on for a 1-0 win over the Burghers.
"I think we have been mentally and physically exhausted from the games [against Greenwich and Warrensburg], so hopefully we can recover before Friday [when they play Corinth]," Campbell said.
Liz Ryan took a shot from the top of the circle that the Warrensburg goalie stopped, but the rebound came back out to Whitman, who poked it into the far side of the cage to take the lead.
"We had a lot of chances, it was a little disappointing we didn't get more of a cushion, I don't know if we were ready," Campbell said. "Their defense and goalie made some nice stops, they had three or four players all over us, stopping us from creating more opportunities.
In the final 10 minutes of the half, Warrensburg had the run of play looking for a tying score, but a strong defensive effort from the Panthers kept the Burghers at bay.
"They had the momentum going into the half, we talked about maintaining possession and passing it more, we did a lot more individual things and I think that hurt us a little," Campbell said.
Hoosick Falls keeper Kaitlin Backes made three stops, all within a 90-second span when Warrensburg had three straight penalty corners with 15 minutes left in the game
"Mackenzie Sprague and Kaitlin Backes did a nice job with those corners, they were really on and made sure nothing went in, they did a great job back there," Campbell said. "That stepped up the whole team, with the defense doing their job, and that helped the others persevere."
With around 10 minutes left, Ryan had a chance to seal the game away with a penalty shot, but her attempt bounced off the post and kept the score at 1-0.
A couple minutes later in the run of play, Ryan hit the post again with a shot. The defense held its ground to give Campbell her 301st victory in her 19 seasons.
"It's a nice reflection to the great teams and players I've had over the years, it's not just about me," Campbell said. "They all got me to this point, without them I wouldn't have the record that I have. This team had no idea [about the milestone] and it's not about an individual record. I didn't want to take away from their success."
The Panthers improve to 10-0, 8-0 in league play and to Campbell, that seems to be the most important number.
"We still have a ways to go, it's nice to share this with [the team], it's a game I'll remember, a team I'll remember," Campbell said. "We've had a great year and hopefully we can come home with another Section II title."
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