Hickey, Wave thwart Frontier

  • Frontier Regional goalkeeper Skyla Burniske dives on a shot by Regan Hickey (not pictured) in the first half, Friday in South Deerfield. COURTESY J. Anthony Roberts

  • Frontier Regional goalkeeper Skyla Bruniske makes a kick save on a shot by Raquel Provost, of Greenfield, in the first half, Friday in South Deerfield. COURTESY J. Anthony Roberts

  • Frontier Regional coach Missy Mahar instructs her team during a first-half timeout against Greenfield, Friday in South Deerfield. COURTESY J. Anthony Roberts

Staff Writer
Published: 10/19/2018 11:43:16 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Stars shine brightest in the biggest games.

Raegan Hickey might as well be Greenfield High School’s version of The Big Dipper.

The senior sniper scored both of her team’s goals in the first half, putting together a pair of stellar individual efforts to jumpstart the Green Wave Friday. For the second time in four days, Greenfield took care of business against its biggest rival, holding off Frontier, 3-0, in a Valley League field hockey game.

“When our top girls are on their game, it makes it that much easier for everyone else on the team to do their job,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “Everything just falls into place. Raegan fills so many roles on our team.”

Hickey’s first of the game came just 8 minutes, 2 seconds into Friday’s affair. Off a corner, Hickey pounced on a clearance attempt bound for the opposite end of the field. The crafty scorer moved the ball around to the right side of the Frontier defense, where she created just enough shooting space to blast one to the far post past goalkeeper Skyla Burniske for a 1-0 advantage on the road.

After the Wave (15-1 overall, 9-0 Valley) controlled most of the first half following the tally, Hickey struck again with 8:31 remaining before intermission. Showing off her stick skills, she carved her way through multiple defenders and slotted a shot straight on that thumped into the back of the net for a 2-0 cushion.

“My teammates put me in good positions to score,” Hickey lauded. “If I have some space and an open look, I’m going to try and be aggressive and take the shot.”

Frontier (8-5-3, 5-2-2) had its best scoring opportunity of the game with 2:58 left before halftime. Olivia Vecellio created some space for herself in traffic, and her blast looked promising into the upper right corner of the goal. Greenfield keeper Samantha Smith reacted quickly however, and the veteran backstop managed to get her blocker on the hot-shot, knocking it out of the air and deflecting it wide of the mark to keep the Red Hawks off the board.

Maddy Kuchieski put things out of reach with 7:01 to play in the game. Off a Greenfield corner, the ball was played around to Katie Haselton, who continued the ball to Kuchieski on the left side. She finished the deal, sweeping it to the far post for a 3-0 advantage.

“The Greenfield games are always intense. We saw that Tuesday,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said, referring to her team’s 2-1 loss to the Wave when the teams met just three days earlier in Greenfield. “We have to match that intensity. There were spurts of that today but we were also back on our heels far too often. And Greenfield, to their credit, capitalized on their opportunities like good teams tend to do.”

Greenfield captured the outright Valley League regular-season title with the victory. The team hosts its Senior Night for a talented class of players Monday night against Smith Academy. Frontier tangles with Mohawk Monday in an interesting independent game between tournament-bound Div. 2 teams.

Greenfield 3, Frontier 0

Greenfield

2

1

3

Frontier

0

0

0

Goals: (G) Hickey 2, Kuchieski.

Assists: (G) Haselton.

Shots: Greenfield 7. Frontier 2.

Saves: (G) Smith 2. (F) Burniske 4.

Corners: Greenfield 12. Frontier 5.




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