Field Hockey: Turners Falls qualifies for postseason

  • Turners Falls’ Juliana Rode, right, stops an offensive attempt from Southwick’s Marisa Coviello (26) in front of Thunder goalie Haleigh Greene in the first half of action, Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Jade Tyler clears the ball downfield against Southwick in the first half Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Olivia Whittier stops an airborne pass from Southwick in the first half Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls goalkeeper Haleigh Greene blocks a shot from Southwick’s Alex Grimaldi in the first half Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls' Aly Murphy clears the ball downfield against Southwick in the first half Thursday in Turners Falls.  STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls players line up to defend against a Southwick penalty corner in the first half Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/17/2019 9:13:25 PM
Modified: 10/17/2019 9:13:15 PM

TURNERS FALLS — It wasn’t flashy, but the Turners Falls field hockey team punched its postseason ticket with a 0-0 draw against Southwick in a Bi-County League contest, Thursday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex. 

“As much as a win would have been nice, they still played a pretty good game,” Turners Falls coach Becky Dame said of her team, which needed one point in its final four games to earn a tournament berth. “All we needed was a point. We are always pretty even with these guys.”

In the workmanlike performance, defense and goaltending carried the Thunder (7-4-4, 4-2-1).

The visiting Rams (8-5-1, 5-2-1 Bi-County) had beaten the Thunder earlier in the season, 3-1.

“After losing one, we didn’t want to lose again,” Dame said. “I think we played much more aggressively. We played our own game and didn’t let them control the game as much. We cut off passes. They were where they were supposed to be.”

Haleigh Greene made 11 saves in net for the Thunder.

“It’s very relieving,” Greene said of earning the playoff berth. “We are finally working as a team and getting the ball up there. Our teammates are so good to each other. I am glad we are being so positive.”

During a pivotal stretch in the final seconds of the first half, the Rams had two untimed corners where Greene kicked away loose balls to keep the game scoreless.

It was Senior Day in Turners Falls, with the Thunder honoring lone senior Aly Murphy before the game.

“It’s kind of weird because I have always been on teams with a lot of seniors,” Murphy said. “But it doesn’t feel like I am the only older player because there are three of us who have been playing varsity since middle school.”

Along with Murphy, Jade Tyler and Taryn Thayer also bring leadership to the young roster.

“We all know what we are doing on the field,” Murphy said. “We have  a young team but we don’t play like a young team.”

Now officially in the Division 2 tournament, the goal is clear for the Thunder.

“We’ve made the playoffs a bunch of years that I have played,” Murphy said. “We just want to make it past the first game and we will go from there.”

The Thunder lost to Frontier in the opening round of last year’s tourney.

“I am hoping to get past the first round and keep going on,” Greene said.

Murphy started the game strong, aggressively clearing out Southwick’s first offensive attack.

“She’s a really strong presence back there,” Dame said of Murphy. “She communicates. Good team player.”

Greene and the Thunder defense turned away 10 penalty corner attempts by the Rams.

Turners Falls’ offense had its chances, especially in the second half. Using the powerful stick of Tyler, the Thunder moved into Southwick’s defensive end several times late in the game.

Brynn Tela, Kendra Campbell and Lindsay Davenport got close to the net, leading to loose balls, but could not get the go-ahead tally past Southwick keeper Clare Stratton.

Kaylin Voudren had a nice stretch for the Thunder with several scoring opportunities.

The game ended on a penalty corner with no time left on the clock for the Thunder. Olivia Whittier sent a pass from the end line to Tyler, whose shot was deflected by a Southwick defender.

The Thunder had four penalty corners, all in the second half.

Southwick 0, Turners Falls 0, tie

Southwick

0

0

0

Turners Falls

0

0

0

Goals: None.

Assists: None.

Shots: Southwick 11. Turners Falls 8

Saves: (S) Stratton 8. (TF) Greene 11.

Corners: Southwick 10. Turners Falls 4.


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