Warriors oust Tribe
Moh 4 Leigh Shippee and 11 Jena Sennabaugh, left, apply pressure to TF GK Jaime Waite and TF 13 Nicole Thibault
Moh 11 Jenna Sennabaugh and TF 8 Sophie Letcher.
Moh 7 Ashley Pierce TF 2 Kelly Rehorka
BUCKLAND — If this was an off day for Kesheal Henderson, what’s she capable of on a good day?
Henderson scored the first goal just 2:06 into the game and added an assist on an insurance goal late in the second half, as third-seeded Mohawk Trail Regional High School shut out No. 6 Turners Falls High School, 2-0, Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division II Field Hockey Tournament.
“She played well but was off today,” said Mohawk head coach Lynn Hoeppner “She had a hard time with her receptions, and balls were missing her stick. Her passing was beautiful, though.”
Her shooting was pretty good, too. Off a corner, she blasted the first shot on goal by either side past Turners’ goalie Jaimee White, and kept pressure on White and the Indians defense all day long.
Holding a 1-0 first-half lead, Mohawk was dominant but could not put the ball back in the net due to excellent defense by the Indians and stellar goaltending by White, who recorded five saves in half. The Turners offense was also stymied without a first-half shot on goal by a smothering Warriors defense.
“We got off on the wrong foot in the first half, ” said Turners head coach Megan Gilbert “We improved quite a bit later on but it just wasn’t enough.”
Mohawk (8-7-4) started the second half with a furious offensive attack and never relented. The Indians defense was up to the challenge for most of the half, and White (24 saves) seemed to be impenetrable until the 9:16 mark, when Henderson put a perfect pass on the stick of Leigh Shippee, who boomed it by into the goal for a 2-0 advantage. That goal ended the day’s scoring but not for lack of effort.
“Our defense is always stingy, but today we needed to be better when we had the ball around the goalie. Jaimee was great for them today, she got the first rebound, the second rebound, and frustrated us a bit.” Hoeppner said.
Gilbert echoed that sentiment about White:
“Jaimee was great today, and I’m proud of the effort of all of our girls. No one is hanging their heads. Lauren Grimard, Hallie Harvey, Teagan Deary, and Nicole Thibault in particular all had a very good game. They are just a very good team, you can tell that they’ve played together for a long time.”
Mohawk will play the winner of today’s Frontier-South Hadley game in the semifinals.