By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

Senior captain Misha Strage scored two goals Saturday to lift the Staples field hockey team to a 2-1 home victory over Hall.

Strage's second goal came with 33 seconds remaining in the game on a feed from senior captain Callie Hiner.

"We've been working on our corners and spend a lot of time on our corners because it's a good way to score a goal," Strage said. "We work well together as a team."

Staples raised its record to 1-1 and didn't feel any pressure on the play. Hall dropped to 1-2.

"We had opportunities but we weren't able to finish," Strage said. "I got a pass from Callie and I was able to put it in."

Hiner said, "We have a short corner plan and practiced it a lot. We solidified it and got it down pat for the game. Misha was in perfect position and took a nice shot."

Strage gave the Lady Wreckers a 1-0 lead with 6:37 left in the half, which was the score at the break. Hall tied it on Caroline Bye's goal with 17:07 to go in the game. Bye's goal served as a wakeup call for Staples.

"We took a bit to get used to how to play them and when they scored to tie the game we woke up and began to put pressure," Lady Wreckers coach Cecily Cowburn said.

Hiner, who is an all-purpose player, spearheaded Staples' defense and broke up a lot of plays. She also contributed on offense.

"We tried to keep it in their side but when the ball went to our side, we were diligent about clearing it as quickly as possible," Hiner said.

Cowburn said, "Our offense starts in the back. Callie Hiner started as a forward three years ago, midfield last year, and is now a center back. She has the smarts to know how she starts the ball dictates how we attack the circle. All of our seniors are strong personalities on and off the field. They care about their teammates and want everyone to get better."

According to Cowburn, junior Shelby Phares did a lot of good work in the midfield. The coach was also please with freshman Elizabeth Bennewitz' performance on the midfield line.

"She [Bennewitz] has good stick skills and game sense," Cowburn said. "Our mids do an excellent job distributing the ball."

Staples outshot Hall, 10-6, and it had a 10-9 advantage in penalty corners. Junior Chris Lueb made four saves for the Lady Wreckers while the Lady Warriors' goalie made eight saves.

"We won both scrimmages and it's nice to get back on the winning track," Hiner said.

Strage said, "It's nice to get the win because we can go into this week's games with a positive attitude."