Frontier, Greenfield play to scoreless draw (PHOTOS)

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It’s all the time a combat when the Frontier and Greenfield box hockey groups get in combination. That used to be definitely the case on Wednesday. 

Offense used to be at a top rate within the two competitors’ first matchup of the season, with each groups suffering to generate scoring alternatives. Both the Green Wave and Redhawks went thru stretches possessing the ball within the different crew’s circle, however each defenses stood sturdy to save you both crew from development a lead. 

Frontier completed the sport with a 9-2 shot benefit however the ball by no means discovered its manner into the again of both cage, with the sport finishing in a 0-0 Suburban League tie. 

For Redhawks trainer Missy Mahar, hard-fought contests are what she’s come to be expecting when dealing with Greenfield. 

“You’d rather have games like this,” Mahar mentioned. “You get the emotions and it’s a whole slew of things. It’s always a great time playing Greenfield. I think both teams look forward to it.”

The Green Wave (3-1-2, 3-1-2) could have gotten only one shot off within the first part, however that they had a superb opportunity overdue to win the sport.

Greenfield held ownership within the Frontier part for almost all of the fourth quarter, however struggled to generate excellent scoring possibilities. Lillia Kachelmeyer had the most productive shot of scoring one upon getting a excellent glance in entrance of the cage with two mins to play, however Frontier keeper Ella Flanders got here up with an enormous save to halt the scoring probability. 

“It was a hard fought game,” Green Wave trainer Erin Thayer mentioned. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. I think some of our inexperience showed through today in some spots. There’s plenty of things we need to work on to get stronger as a group.”

Mahar mentioned she used to be pleased with the best way her crew used to be in a position to take care of the force overdue defensively. 

“Both teams come to play and they know it’s going to be a fight for 60 minutes,” Mahar mentioned. “One team can have the edge in the first 15 [minutes] or the last 15. Greenfield carried play during the fourth quarter but it was evenly matched throughout the game. Those last eight minutes they pressured us and got their shot. We were holding our ground.” 

It used to be the Redhawks (2-1-2) that had nearly all of the scoring possibilities early. Frontier put 3 pictures on purpose within the first quarter and two in the second one quarter, however Green Wave goalie Ainslee Flynn used to be in a position to prevent all 5 pictures. 

Frontier were given one shot off within the 3rd quarter however opened the fourth by means of getting 3 pictures on purpose, all stored by means of Flynn. The Redhawks had a flurry of 3 corners in a row in the second one quarter and completed the sport with a 9-4 edge in that division.

“We were close to scoring a couple times but just couldn’t finish,” Mahar mentioned. “We talked about it at practice yesterday that our first objective is penetrating the ball into the circle and coming up with a shot, a goal or a corner. They showed today that they knew not to hang onto it so much. We need to generate when we’re in that offensive 25 [yard area]. It’s an opportunity so we need to generate something. I was happy to see the shot totals and I was happy to see the corner totals. It’s just executing on those. Now we know what we need to fine tune and dive into.” 

Thayer mentioned she used to be pleased with the best way Flynn performed in purpose to stay Frontier off the scoreboard. 

“Ainslee is great,” Thayer mentioned. “She’s awesome. I can count on her every game.”

While the Green Wave are a tender crew nonetheless making an attempt to to find its groove, Thayer mentioned she’s noticed development thru six video games. 

“They’re learning and we’re growing,” Thayer mentioned. “I can’t ask for more than that. The effort is there. More of the glue on the field needs to come together. We’re missing some of that teamwork just because we’re still trying to figure things out. It’s getting better, though. Our motto is to try to get better every day so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Mahar mentioned she’s been inspired with how her crew has generated offensive possibilities, understanding the ones will confidently lead to extra targets someday. 

“It’s just finishing,” Mahar mentioned. “We created those opportunities, now it’s just finishing them in the goal and executing our corner opportunities. The takeaway is finishing on the opportunities they created. I was very pleased with how they played, the effort and how they stood their ground in those last eight minutes, didn’t panic and stayed composed. That’s nice to take away that when pressure is up and they’re getting challenged, they can stay composed and still work together. There was a lot of good stuff they showed today.” 

Greenfield is again in motion on Friday web hosting Minnechaug whilst Frontier will tackle Agawam in South Deerfield on Friday. 

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