Orange Live Sports Writer
With Saturday’s 0-0 Southern Connecticut Conference tie with Sacred Heart, the Amity field hockey team finished the regular season with a 4-7-4 record. For the first time in Coach Sarah Hale’s recent memory, her Lady Spartans have qualified for both the SCC and state tournaments. Depending on weather and field conditions, sixth-seeded Amity is slated to visit third-seeded Guilford on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the quarter-finals of the SCC tourney.
According to Hale, “We dominated the whole game but just couldn’t score and put Sacred Heart away. It was a huge game for us with lots of pressure and the girls knew it.”
Earlier in the week, Amity was shutout by Hand 6-0, tied Mercy 1-1 and blanked North Haven 1-0.
The Hand game was played on the Tigers’ turf field. Hale felt her team got off to a positive start and played well for the first 15 minutes.
She added, “After that, Hand (ranked second in the SCC with an 11-4-1 record) settled in, gained confidence, and got rolling.”
Despite the final score, Hale felt her team had played reasonably well. Once the score got lop-sided in the second half, Hale let her reserves play the remainder of the game. She lauded goalie Hanna Bercovici, who recorded 25 saves and midfielder Jess Kreiger.
“Jess transitioned the ball nicely up to our forwards and had good placement with the ball,” Hale said
Tina Ginsac’s scored with five minutes gone in the second half of the North Haven contest and it proved to be only score of the game.
The Amity mentor added, “It was a very slow paced game. We looked like we were playing in quick sand.”
Once again she lauded Kreiger and also singled out the defensive efforts of Stephanie Esposito, whom she felt was responsible for breaking up a number of Indian offensive attacks.
Hale added, “We totally dominated this game and should have scored several more goals.”