By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
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Second half goals by junior forward Nicole Simon and senior forward Sydney DeStefano (with assists by senior Co-Captain/forward Danielle Liebowitz on both goals) earned the Amity field hockey team a 2-0 Southern Connecticut Conference season-opening shut-out victory over Sacred Heart Academy last week.
According to second-year Coach Sarah Hale, “We looked good form-wise. Last year we were 3-13, so it’s the first time in a while that we played like a team. Danielle (Liebowitz), Sydney (DeStefano), and Kira (Saunders) were able to use their skills to open the field and get the ball up field with some good passes. They all played smart games.”
Amity outshot the Pacers 9-2. Senior goalie Hannah Berovici needed to make only 2 saves in recording her first scholastic shut-out.
With 1 game down and 15 more to go, Hale took time to talk about her expectations for the 2012 season.
She said, “It’s great to be back. I know the skills are there Now, I can’t wait to see what we can do and how we come together as a team.”
While Allie Kramer and Alicia Cardella graduated in June, Hale is welcoming back a host of experienced players.
Berovici guarded the net last year and will do so again this year, but junior Lauren Kelly may also see some action as goalie. Amity’s defense will be comprised of senior Allis Kochiss, juniors Taylor Burosso and Moran Howard along with freshman Stephanie Esposito. Senior Co-Captain Jessica Kreiger and Saunders will be the starting midfielders. While seniors Sam Testa, Liebowitz, and DeStefano, along with Simon will be the forward attackers. If and when Hale needs help off the bench, she will turn to junior forward Tina Glusar and junior defender McKenzie Stuart.
According to Hale, “Our top goals are to play consistently as a team and win enough matches (6) to qualify for the post-season state tournament.”
She sees Cheshire , Guilford , and Hand as the teams to be in the SCC.
“I think we have a lot of potential and have improved since last year. The tools are there. Now, we need to bring the skills we do have all together and play as a team. That’s really our key to success this fall. Our biggest need is to be able to string together 60 good, solid minutes of play. We have good game sense and stick skills. I know the girls have the drive and want to do well, but we still need to improve our communication with each other on the field,” Hale said.
The 1-0 Lady Spartans visit Lyman Hall this afternoon at 3:45.
If your company, or player’s parents would like to sponsor this team for the season, call Terri at 203-506-1747.