Seigel's first varsity goal propels Patriots
BENNINGTON — Scoring chances were at a premium Tuesday afternoon when the Mount Anthony field hockey team and Springfield met up on a hazy, gray day in Bennington.
But when MAU freshman forward Caitlin Seigel got her stick on a ball on the left side of the net, she made sure to make the most of the opportunity.
After some good passes down the field, the Patriots had a scrum around the Cosmos' goal and the pint-sized Seigel slipped her way to the far post and gave MAU the only goal it would need in a 1-0 win.
The goal was Seigel's first varsity tally and gave MAU its first win of the season.
After a pair of tough losses, it was nice to get off the schneid for the Patriots and get into the win column.
"We didn't have too many wins last year, so we're really pushing to try and make playoffs. Every win counts," said MAU coach Amber Cottrell. "One of our freshman scored the winning goal on post, which is a lot of what we've been working on. It was a great team win."
Seigel's goal was the first tally the Patriots scored all season after being outscored 9-0 in the first two games. Especially with the amount of youth on MAU roster, goals like that are promising signs of what's to come for the program.
"It's humongous. We had a lot of [penalty] corner action, so we had a lot of opportunities," Cottrell said. "We were really focusing on getting on the post and getting our position. That was huge for to get that goal. The whole team was very excited for her and it was the game-winning goal."
Most of Tuesday's game was a series of runs down the field on both sides, where they would make a lot of progress in the opposing zone, but rarely break through to get a shot on goal.
In terms of penalty corner chances, it was a fairly even split, so both sides had opportunities in the opposing side of the field.
MAU outshot the Cosmos 7-3 on the day.
The Patriots' defense stepped up in a big way, especially in the second half. When Springfield had multiple corners and runs down the field, MAU locked in when it had to and kept pressure off senior goalie Savannah Rogers.
"Alison (Simmons) had a nice defensive save today. Riley Bates had a lot of stops on the corners and some indirect shots," Cottrell said. "Andrea (Kaufer) and Taryn (Cassano) did a great job of carrying (the ball) wide until it clears out. They did a really good job today."
The Patriots improve to 1-2 on the season and faces Brattleboro at home next Monday at 4:30 p.m.
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