Staples field hockey trounces Westhill
What was that noise?
It sounded like a cannon shooting out of a 17th century galley, with precise aim at its unsuspecting target. It's destruction creating a resounding crash, demolishing anything in its path.
Oh, just another howitzer from one of the leaders of the Lady Wreckers field hockey team.
Senior midfielder Emily Ashken scored twice as Staples cruised past Westhill 6-1 on Monday in Stamford. Both of her efforts were long drives from outside the area that somehow found their way through traffic and ended with a loud thump in the back of the net. The goals propelled the Lady Wreckers (3-2) to two straight wins by the same score line, and three wins from four games overall after opening the season with a disappointing performance against Wilton.
There was little indication the game would turn into a rout in the early going. Westhill (3-1) initially traded early chances with the visitors, displaying the courage that propelled them to surprising 1-0 wins over Greenwich and Bethel last week.
The first real chance of the game fell to Staples almost eight minutes into the game, as a give-and-go move between Ashken and Misha Strage was stopped at the goal line by Westhill goalie Sarah Ehrlich. Seconds later, the ball was at the other end of the field, and Chris Lueb was alert to make a save from a Lady Vikings counter attack.
Staples opened the scoring with 19:55 left in the first half. Strage's shot was initially saved by Ehrlich, but the rebound fell kindly back to Strage, who centered the ball to a wide open Noorjah Leub. Lueb has no problem putting the ball into the empty net to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Westhill battled back and equalized with 12:30 left. Freshman Ashley Rich providing the assist to Cam Sharnsky, who was able to beat Lueb with an accurate shot.
The goal seemed to wake the Lady Wreckers from their early-game slumber and from there they completely controlled the rest of the contest. If it wasn't for some excellent work by Ehlrich, or more accurate shooting, the score could have reached the double-digit mark.
Megan O'Shea scored what would be the game winning goal for the Lady Wreckers, who poked the ball home as a scramble in front of the net was not cleared by the home team.
Ashken gave Staples a 3-1 halftime lead with an outstanding shot from the right hand side that no one saw until the ball sat still in the back of the net.
Strage scored early in the second half to give the Lady Wreckers a 4-1 comfortable advantage. Any faint hopes of a Westhill comeback were thrwarted when Lueb made a fine save on a breakaway for the Lady Vikings halfway through the second half.
Ashken and Caroline Howe added late goals to complete the scoring for Staples.