SENIOR CAPTAIN Keely Hannon assisted on North Reading’s goal in a 1-1 tie against Lynnfield on Sept. 20. (Eric Evans Photo)
Updates post publication:
North Reading defeats Malden 6-1 (Sept. 27)
North Reading defeats Essex Tech 2-1 (Oct. 2)
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
NORTH READING — It was a tough day for the North Reading High field hockey team on Monday afternoon as they were shutout, 5-0, at home by Newburyport on a damp, cool day.
With that loss, the Hornets’ record dipped to 2-3-2 overall and in the Cape Ann League.
“They are the best team we have faced so far,” said Hornets rookie head coach Mikayla Allen. “They are very consistent.”
The Hornets were able to hang around in the first half as the game was scoreless at the break.
However, the Clippers (7-1 overall and 6-1 in the CAL) exploded for five goals in the first 8:39 of the third quarter.
Delaney Woekel led the Clippers with a hat-trick and she also had an assist. Morgan Valeri scored the other two goals.
Senior co-captain, Caroline Burton, made seven saves as her record fell to 2-3-2 in net.
On Sept. 20, the Hornets tied host Lynnfield, 1-1.
Both goals came in the fourth quarter in this one. Alaina Driscoll scored with 5:53 left to give the locals a 1-0 lead. That goal came off a corner and was assisted by Keely Hannon.
The Pioneers then tied it with 2:31 remaining as Izzy Fiorentino scored.
“It was neck-and-neck the whole game but we got on our heels after we scored,” said Allen.
Burton turned back seven shots in that game as well.
On Oct. 2, the Hornets host Essex Tech. They then visit Malden in a non-league match on Oct. 4.
Both of those games will start at 4:30 p.m.