Field Hockey: Lilienthal leads Pompton Lakes to 16th Passaic County title

Good success attempting to stay Krista Lilienthal in test for 60 mins.

West Milford was once ready to for 45, however she in spite of everything broke loose within the fourth quarter.

The sophomore scored two times kind of 8 mins aside to flip the tables and lend a hand energy third-seeded Pompton Lakes to a 2-1 win over top-seeded West Milford within the Passaic County ultimate in Wayne on Wednesday.

It’s the workforce’s 2nd consecutive county title and 16th in program historical past. It additionally passed West Milford its first lack of the season.

“I give my girls a lot of credit and they’ve been a team that has just not stopped fighting all season,” stated first-year Pompton Lakes head trainer Tina Brindisi. “They have played every minute of that game and I think their composure more than anything is what allowed them to push through.

For three quarters, the Pompton Lakes offense couldn’t find a way to solve Samantha Krautheim in goal. The team held a 12-5 advantage in corners at halftime, 19-11 in the game overall, but didn’t let the frustration affect its mindset.

That’s the benefit of having played in this same game a season ago. The Cardinals didn’t get flustered, just kept playing their game.

“I felt like we were still very nervous if you couldn’t tell,” stated Lilienthal. “But I think we knew that we could do it and that set us above. We knew we had the strength and teamwork to make it happen.”

The sophomore tied the sport together with her thirtieth function of the season simply 2:36 into the fourth sooner than netting the game-winner with 4:28 to move.

At 31 objectives, she’s already simply 12 clear of her general a season in the past and has 73 in her profession general.

This season, she’s put an emphasis on composure with the ball and keep an eye on when she has it. The outcome has been a extra sound all-around recreation. She nonetheless will get her objectives, however she’s on tempo to set a career-high in assists.

Her paintings ethic in follow, in video games, or even at house isn’t in query.

“In my own house we have turf that I work on daily,” she stated. “I always train my hardest at practice every week and weekend. I just play a lot of hockey.”

Lilienthal has had that turf in her storage for a couple of years now.

It hasn’t come with out its percentage of speedbumps alongside the way in which, despite the fact that.

“I have broken a window and my father wasn’t too happy about that,” she admitted.

Two Passaic County titles for every damaged window doesn’t sound like that unhealthy of a ratio.

Pompton Lakes enters the stretch run having gained 8 in a row and 12 of the final 13. With the state match at the horizon, this workforce is grooving at simply the correct time.

“We are all so together all the time,” Lilienthal stated. “Our constant teamwork ethic is insane and our team bonding is too. We know each other inside and out and we love each other just as much.”

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