Field Hockey - JV
vs.
Miss Porter's School
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Win 6-1
Rhinos Roll On! Heading into the long weekend the Taft JV Field Hockey showcased their skills against a determined Porter's team. Taft put two goals on the board in the first six minutes of the game. Madeline Meister tipped in a shot straight off the pads of the MP goalie and then one minute later Martha Lohuis scored the follow-up goal from a strong shot at the top of the circle which had originated off a defensive possession from Katie Salnikoff, Greta Cole and Rachel Peverly. These two goals set the offensive pace for the match while goalie Emily Riccardi directed play at the opposite end of the field. Her strong communication helped anchor the low defense as they syphoned the ball away from the Taft circle. In the midfield, Liz Carlson, Sophie Savage and Michelle Tetro created momentum with their agile ball-movement. This, along with the speed and stamina of Lulu Bradley and Andie Wardell, put the Rhinos in excellent scoring position. Lulu Brauer was the next to capitalize on this offensive energy launching a signature arial shot off a crisp passing sequence from Lohuis and Allen. Moments later, Lohuis scored an artfully unassisted goal off three different "dangles" eluding the Porter's defense and beating the keeper stick side. During the second half, Taft was able to convert its offensive opportunities into twelve shots and six corner attempts. It was an exciting game to spectate with the Rhinos pushing hard to cage on every possession. At 18:52, Julia Kunzelmann scored a searing goal off a pass from Meister. Kunzelmann's patience and lateral movement helped her shift the Porter's defense creating an imbalance and an open cage. Two minutes later, Taft was awarded a corner. Lohuis inserted the ball to the waiting stick of Sophie Savage who controlled the pass and then connected beautifully sending the ball pass the Porter's defense and keeper. Unfortunately, the goal was called back because the ball was an inch shy of being in the circle. This didn't get Savage or her teammates down. Four minutes later, Allen received a close pass from Brauer and was able to find the back of the goal out of the chaos. The duo of Brauer and Allen almost scored a second time off a fast-break, but this attempt was stymied despite its magnificent display of ball control and speed. In the final five minutes of the game Porter's had three breakaways. Carolyn Yow was a decisive force on the left side shutting down the Porter's advance. Yow, along with Andie Wardell, Michelle Tetro and Anneleise Pizzitola, methodically moved the ball back into the Taft offensive zone; a sequence that included an amazing no-look pass from Pizzitola to Bradley. On their third attempt, Porter's successfully broke free and scored their lone goal off the surge. The Porter's goal was a great reminder to the Rhinos that you cannot take anything for granted when you are playing on the turf. In the final moments of the game, Taft doubled-down and found themselves with yet another scoring opportunity and corner. However, due to the score, the corner went unplayed. The Rhinos deserves congratulations for meeting and exceeding their expectations. Taft faces Berkshire next in an away contest on Wednesday. GO BIG RED!