Field hockey: Hats off to Greenfield’s Haselton

  • Greenfield’s Kaylah Eggsware, left, shoots past Turners Falls defender Aly Murphy in the first half Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Racquel Provost, left, fights for possession against Turners Falls’ Juliana Rode in the first half Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls defender Aly Murphy clears the ball downfield against Greenfield in the first half Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Kaylah Eggsware carries the ball upfield against Turners Falls in the first half Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls Jade Tyler fires a shot against Greenfield in the first half Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/8/2019 10:58:20 PM

GREENFIELD — Katie Haselton found the net three times, lifting the Greenfield High School field hockey team to a 6-1 win over Turners Falls in an independent matchup Tuesday night under the lights at Vets Field.

Greenfield (6-4-1) was fresh off a tough stretch in its schedule, and the squad is ready to make a run in Valley League play when it resumes this week. The Green Wave lost to powerhouses Minnechaug and Longmeadow last week.

“I think it prepared us a lot actually,” Haselton said of the tough stetch. “Confidence-wise, to move on toward tournament… we hung, although the score didn’t seem like we did. For us, I thought we played well in both of those games which will help us for tournament time.”

Greenfield scored its first five goals on Tuesday night off penalty corners. The Green Wave had 12 corners in the game, compared to three for the Thunder.

The play designs had Racquel Provost make the pass from the end-line to Haselton, and the junior made decisions based on Turners Falls’ defensive reactions.

“We have a set play that we have designed,” Haselton said. “I always look up before I pass to the designed person to see if there is defense. We don’t want to send it right into the defense.”

The first goal had Haselton take Provost’s pass and slide it across to Madyson Kuchieski. As the defense approached Kuchieski, she passed it back to Haselton, who fired and scored to give Greenfield a 1-0 lead at 18 minutes, 31 seconds of the first half.

“We are a new team this year,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “We have to find our way and figure out the nuances of being a new team. We have some tough competition.”

Greenfield carried play against Turners Falls throughout the game, until the Thunder called a timeout with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

With the clock running due to a five-goal lead, Turners picked up its aggressiveness and started getting opportunities on Greenfield keeper Ainslee Flynn.

“We switched a couple people around,” Turners Falls coach Becky Dame said. “We talked about moving and getting open and going to balls. They are a quick team. They play a quicker game than some of our girls are used to.”

Lindsay Davenport buried one for the Thunder (6-4-3) to stop the running clock and pull the visitors back within 5-1.

“We play the second half of (Bi-County) league play coming up," Dame said. “This was a good, competitive team to play.”

Lillia Kachelmeyer scored Greenfield’s second goal at 8:50 of the first half, assisted by Provost.

The third goal came when Haselton took another pass from Provost on a penalty corner. Haselton then settled the ball and hesitated, seeing an open lane to the net. She wound and launched the shot, beating Turners Falls’ keeper Haleigh Greene to make the score 3-0 just before halftime.

On another penalty corner in the second half, Haselton took a pass and went wide before dishing to Kaylah Eggsware, who tallied to extend the lead to 4-0 at 22:52.

Amber Taylor found Provost for another goal at 21:09.

With 16 seconds left, Kachelmeyer fed Haselton to close the scoring.

Greene made eight saves for the Thunder, while Flynn made six saves for the Wave.

Flynn went horizontal to make a late save on another scoring opportunity by Davenport with four minutes left.

Greenfield hosts South Hadley tonight at 6 in an important Valley League matchup. Turners hosts Southwick on Thursday at 6:30.

Greenfield  6, Turners Falls 1

Turners

0

1

1

Greenfield

3

3

6

Goals: (TF) Davenport (G)Haselton 3, Provost, Eggsware, Kachelmeyer. (G) .

Assists: (G) Provost 2, Haselton, Taylor, Kachelmeyer.

Shots: Turners 7. Greenfield 11.

Saves: (T) Greene 8 (G) Flynn 6.

Corners: Turners 3. Greenfield 12.




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