The Cranston co-op field hockey team is seeking its first win of the fall season as it sits at 0-2 after dropping matches to Rocky Hill and Lincoln. Rocky Hill rolled to a 6-0 win while the visiting …
The Cranston co-op field hockey team is seeking its first win of the fall season as it sits at 0-2 after dropping matches to Rocky Hill and Lincoln. Rocky Hill rolled to a 6-0 win while the visiting Lions secured a 4-0 shutout last week at Cranston Stadium.
The team has been led so far by its four senior captains in Ann Notarianni, Chloe Pacheco, Ella Johnsen and Maura Kitterick. The team has also been using a rotation of freshmen as it battles some early season injuries as well.
Through two games, the team has struggled to produce offensively, despite getting some impressive performances on the defensive side.
“So far, our biggest problem has been offensively trying to push the ball on their end of the field. Defensively, we’re hanging in there. We are led by our four captains who are all veterans. Maura Kitterick has been unbelievable in goal,” said coach Matt Davis, who has been thrilled with the leadership of his seniors who have also helped him as he settles into his first year as the team’s coach. “They’re leaders, they’re great people and they’re going to do great things in life.”
As for the younger girls, Davis hopes to see them continue to learn to play as a team and is looking to build some momentum as the upcoming schedule includes some winnable games.
“They’ve got to develop. They’re learning to work with each other. We have a bunch of new girls on the team that are learning to play with each other. This week I can see us getting a win or two and then the next week looks promising again,” said Davis. “When we play against teams that are around our skill level, we will do well. We have a small team, we have a few girls hurt, but give us some time and we will start scoring goals and getting some wins.”
The team took on Tiverton on Tuesday, but the results were not available at press time. The co-op will next take on Smithfield on Thursday then Toll Gate on Monday.
For the next few games, the focus will be on playing aggressive offense.
“(We need to) grind away on offense, get the ball up field and get some shots on net,” Davis said.
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