Sparked by Keegan’s Superb All-Around Play, PHS Field Hockey Looking Formidable at 4-0

GOOD RUN: Princeton High box hockey participant Delaney Keegan, proper, marks a participant in a sport remaining season. Last Wednesday, junior midfielder Keegan had a function and two assists to lend a hand PHS defeat Allentown 4-0. The Tigers, who progressed to 4-0 with a 6-0 win over Ewing remaining Monday, play at WW/P-South on September 21, host Robbinsville on September 23, and play at Steinert on September27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Delaney Keegan used to be somewhat annoyed because the Princeton High box hockey workforce ruled ownership within the early going in opposition to Allentown remaining Wednesday however had not anything to turn for it.

“At the beginning, everyone was playing a little bit off,” stated junior standout Keegan. “At the start of the game we are just trying to get into the mood.”

Keegan helped spoil the ice, putting in Hannah Christopher as she scored with 1:18 left within the first quarter to present PHS a 1-0 lead.

“Once we got into it, I think it was using each other, effectively passing and communicating, not even with screaming,” stated Keegan.

“It was just with signals and looking up, that really, really helped us out.”

With the Tigers scoring a function in each and every quarter and the protection preserving the primary, PHS earned a 4-0 win over the Redbirds.

“We have been practicing a lot on connection with our forwards and more connecting in layers,” stated Keegan, who ended up with a function and two assists within the win.

“We are working on mixing the two layers with forwards and mid and defense. We are also working on that front goal passing and tipping. We have come to notice that as we move it across goal more, there are open shots and less room for hitting it into the goalie’s pads or any of that.”

Keegan stated that Allentown driven the Tigers, forcing them struggle tougher within the circle.

“I think they were playing really, really good defense; they gave us a run to show us what aggression is and how we need to come back at them more,” stated Keegan.

“It was just being stronger on the ball and being more effective on the ball too.”

Displaying some aggression, Keegan blasted house her function with 13:46 left in legislation to cap off the scoring at the day.

“That was really nice,” stated Keegan. “Once we read the goalie (Kylie Elefante), we started to realize that we shouldn’t go right into her. She was really good.”

As her function has advanced at the workforce, Keegan is taking a look to do some little bit of the whole thing for the Tigers.

“I am ready to step up and help the team out,” stated Keegan. “I want to do anything that is best for the team, distribute. I want to be a team player and really help out.”

PHS head trainer Heather Serverson credited Keegan with stepping up in a large approach this autumn.

“Not only is she great offensively, she really helps us in the midfield,” stated Serverson of Keegan who chipped in an lend a hand remaining Monday as PHS defeated Ewing 6-0 to strengthen to 4-0.

“She prevents the ball from getting back to our defense a lot of times and then she does a great job of distributing the ball. She is great at both ends, she is great everywhere on the field.”

While Serverson stated that PHS took some time to get going in opposition to Allentown, she preferred how issues got here in combination.

“It takes us like five to 10 minutes to actually start connecting with each other but once we do it is like spot on,” stated Serverson. “It is beautiful to watch.”

Despite generating some gorgeous moments, PHS has room for expansion.

“That is our goal, to just pepper the goalie and try not to let the goalie have some saves,” stated Serverson

“We are trying to work on tipping and getting our stick in front. I think we did OK on that today. We had a lot of post balls that I would like to see go in the goal. We will work on those things in practice.”

The workforce’s paintings on diversifying its assault paid off in opposition to the Redbirds as Erin Liggio and Kayla Christopher tallied the opposite targets, giving PHS 4 other scorers at the day.

“We had a diverse group of scorers,” stated Serverson. “I think it is wonderful as many people who can contribute as possible. It makes it amazing out there, it is a true team effort as opposed to just relying on one or two people.”

The Tiger protection produced a very good effort in stifling Allentown.

“They did a great job communicating,” stated Serverson. “We have got a lot of speed on defense this year too which has really been helping us a lot both on the defensive end and the offensive end. Sophie [Gono] in particular is really, really fast. She gets that transition to attack started a lot for us. She does a great job.”

With PHS enjoying at WW/P-South on September 21, web hosting Robbinsville on September 23, and enjoying at Steinert on September 27, Serverson is assured that the Tigers can stay at the profitable monitor.

“The way we are connecting, that is our big thing,” stated Serverson.

“Once we can connect, we can do anything as long as we are doing it up and down the field as a unit. As soon as we start to really figure out that part of the game out, I think we are going to be really hard to stop.”

In Keegan’s view, PHS has been figuring issues out.

“I am really, really happy with the way we are connecting so far,” stated Keegan,

“I think we picked that up very quickly from the loss of a lot of our players last year from our starting lineup. We have some new players coming up which is really good. We have realized that it is more effective to pass and work together as a team.”

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