McCart scores hat trick, Hoosick Falls beats Indians
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls field hockey team may have tons of youth on its roster, but it doesn't show when they're in between the lines.
One of the of the Panthers' young players stepped up in a big way in Hoosick's 3-0 win against Glens Falls, as freshman Emma McCart tallied a hat trick.
Hoosick Falls coach Denise Campbell pointed to the team effort that led the Panthers to the win and put McCart in great spots to score.
"The team did a great job of bringing the ball up the field and distributing it," Campbell said. "[Emma] did a great job of being in the right place at the right time to finish it off. She had some nice shots."
The Panthers dominated possession throughout most of the game and they got on the board first about 10 minutes into play.
Hoosick Falls pushed the ball into the circle and got a handful of bodies around the goal in front of Indians' goalie Cassidy Harrington.
During the scrum around cage, McCart got her stick on the ball and pushed it past Harrington to put the Panthers ahead.
Hoosick Falls added another goal about six minutes later. Madelyn Kasulinous took the penalty corner for the Panthers and hit the ball out to the edge of the circle. McCart eventually lined up a hard shot, which she hit past Harrington, putting Hoosick Falls up 2-0, a score that held until halftime.
The Panthers massive possession advantage gave them significantly more penalty corners than Glens Falls. Hoosick Falls had a 14-3 edge in that category.
The Panthers rarely let the Indians into their zone, and if they did, they would quickly thwart out any chances.
Glens Falls mustered just three shots in the contest compared to Hoosick Falls' 19.
"We're really pleased with our midfielders and defensive backs for keeping Glens Falls out of our end," Campbell said.
Zoe Gress and Aleah Stowell both took a half in goal for the Panthers. Gress only had to make one save during the first half.
The two teams will meet again on October 8 in Glens Falls.
According to Campbell, the Indians were missing some of their top players in Friday's game, so the late-season game will be a test.
"They were playing short a player the entire time, so it's going to be a completely different game when he go to play on their field."
Hoosick Falls improves to 2-0 on the year.
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