Field Hockey: Lakeland’s defense, sophomores rise again in 1-0 win

Lakeland likes to frustrate you with protection.

Kylen Trossman and Sophia Jeffery do as stifling of a task protecting their cage as you’ll in finding.

The Lancers entered Thursday’s matchup in opposition to Ramsey having allowed simply two objectives in 8 video games and didn’t let the narrative trade one bit.

The protection stood tall as soon as again and Gianna Peralta scored the one objective of the sport to raise the Lancers to a 1-0 win in Wanaque.

“I have two of my best players on defense and the other girls that play back there form a supportive team,” stated Lakeland trainer Patty Kebrdle. “They work together and the communication is key. We lost a lot of people last year so a lot of girls stepped up into leadership roles and they’re showing some great skills in the back.”

It’s only a well-oiled gadget and it’s been that manner all season, which is particularly spectacular given one of the big-game gamers it misplaced ultimate season.

The again line is aided by way of the gang of midfielders led by way of Megan Szanto. There isn’t a spot at the box for an opposing participant to cover from her and then you definately transfer as much as the forwards, the place Peralta and fellow sophomore Emily Kebrdle pass to paintings.

“I know I’m going to have them for (two) more years,” Kebrdle stated of her sophomores. “They’re very good friends, best friends, and they support each other and talk easily. The two sophomores are looking awesome. So far so good.”

Peralta and Emily Kebrdle have blended to attain 21 of the group’s 41 objectives at the season thru 10 video games.

“It’s really great,” Peralta stated of the sophomores’ good fortune. “Especially since I’ve been playing with them my whole life. It’s fun having them with me.”

Peralta’s objective, her 7th of the season, got here with 90 seconds left in the primary quarter and that was once it. Drew Burek close the door from there and stopped two photographs for the shutout.

Burek didn’t need to make a large number of saves however she had well timed ones, particularly overdue in the fourth quarter when Ramsey was once knocking at the door in search of the tying objective. She now boasts an .857 save proportion and 8 shutouts.

Not best was once this a large convention win, however it is helping the group get used to existence at the grass again. Because of the new rain and training at the turf, this was once the group’s first time on grass in days.

The Lancers need to get proper again at it with a Passaic County Tournament recreation in opposition to Passaic Valley day after today.

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