Field Hockey team has a bit of an ‘off week’, looks to rebound | Sports

WILMINGTON – It without a doubt wasn’t the best of weeks for the Wilmington High School Field Hockey team, however there’s sufficient time left within the season to nonetheless make some issues occur.

The Wildcats led to a disappointing 1-1 tie with Woburn closing Thursday earlier than Belmont got here to the city on Monday and ruled with a 6-0 victory.

The 0-1-1 week places Wilmington at 3-9-1 and in addition knocked them out of the tip 32 spots of the MIAA Division 3 Power Rankings. The peak 32 groups, along side the ones groups with a .500 file or higher, will qualify for subsequent month’s state event.

Head trainer Leanne Ebert without a doubt is aware of that Belmont’s a extremely touted Division 1 team, and regardless of the rating, there have been a number of issues she used to be proud of.

“We played hard when we had (offensive) corners. I thought our corners looked good but we weren’t able to capitalize on them,” she mentioned. “They stayed controlled, they got the plays off and so you have to look at the positives and under pressure, they were able to follow through and finish those players, and I thought that was a positive.

“We played a strong team. It’s tough but now we just have to work hard at practice (on Tuesday) and get ready for Wakefield on Wednesday and then work hard on Thursday to get ready for Stoneham on Friday. We are focusing in on what’s ahead and now what has happened behind us.”

Before that loss to Belmont, Wilmington performed every other Liberty Division team with Woburn and led to a tie. Ebert mentioned that the team simply had an ‘off day.’

“Woburn was a tough game for us. I’m not really sure why either. It was just an off game for us. It was hot, so I will say that I don’t think they were quite ready for the heat part of it but they played in the heat before so not sure what was going on. They recognized that they were a little bit off (during Friday’s) practice. That was a bit frustrating to end (in a tie),” she mentioned.

Wilmington trailed 1-0 earlier than Alexis Melvin tied it up. That used to be her fourth objective of the season, which leads the team as 3 others have one every.

“Alexis has really come on. I think she’s gained a little bit more confidence. We have a young varsity team and this is her first year on varsity but she’s a junior so that can be difficult,” mentioned Ebert. “We have a heavy senior team again so that can be difficult. She’s definitely has a nose for the net, she has come into herself with her speed and her ability. She has a nice long reach so it’s all coming together for her and it’s been fun to watch.”

Wilmington can get again on course this week, first with a sport towards Wakefield hung on Wednesday with effects now not referred to as of presstime. In the primary assembly, the Warriors got here away with a 2-1 win. On Friday evening at 6, the ‘Cats will host Stoneham, and Wilmington received the primary spherical, 1-0.

On Tuesday, the ‘Cats will host the undefeated Watertown Raiders, who received 7-0 within the first match-up.

Two wins or a win and a tie this week must push the ‘Cats again into the top-32.

“They are hard workers, they continue to come ready to practice and games and putting all of their effort in, so I really can’t ask for more than that,” mentioned Ebert.

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