Clifton Park – The Shenandoah Field Hockey team hasn’t gotten to where it wants to be, but it looks like it’s heading there.
Lauren Shanahan and Kendall Eggleston scored in the second quarter, and Shenandoahova beat suburban council-rivals Burn Hills-Bolston Lake 2-0 for a fourth straight win on Friday.
The Plainsmen topped the Pennsylvania and Kentucky teams at last weekend’s Max Field Hockey National High School Invitational to begin their winning streak, and with Friday’s strong end-to-end effort in Brent, Burn Hills. topped Bethlehem before avenging a 1–0 loss to. Stewartwald Stadium.
“We’re coming together,” Shenandoah head coach Shawn Eggleston said after his team’s return home. “It’s a matter of him believing in himself and believing in the team.”
The team in green and white cashed in a pair of penalty corners to extend their lead, and prevented Burn Hills from crafting a consistent attack of their own while suffering their first league blow.
“They were better than they were the first time,” said Burnett Hills coach Kelly Woman, in reference to the Spartans’ 1–0 victory over Shenandoah on September 8, the game called at half due to bad weather. “They were more organized. They had a better passing, and we couldn’t do it together.”
Shanahan said Shendehowa gained a lot from her victories at the Max Field Hockey Tournament when she defeated Perciomen Valley of Pennsylvania and DuPont Manuel of Kentucky 3-2.
“We were just in Pennsylvania and won both of our games. I think the tournament helped us come together as a team,” Shanahan said. “We saw the connection and brought them to this game.”
Shanahan delivered with Kendall Eggleston and scored an 11:01 in the second quarter from about 10 yards after the go.
“Me and Kendall have played together for so long,” Shanahan said. “It sets the tone for the game.”
Kendall Eggleston took a short left-to-right cross from Kelly Westervelt with 13.5 seconds in the second quarter to give Schenendehova a 2-0 lead from close range.
That play, like the opening scoring play, began with a joined pass from Molly Miller. Nicolette Mollock’s shot was saved by Burn Hills goalkeeper Katherine Jensen, and Westervelt quickly passed after collecting a rebound.
“We have a lot of juniors in the team and we are coming together,” said Shanahan, a senior captain with Eggleston, Hannah Merritt and Brianna Anslow. “We’re starting to click. We didn’t know each other so well at the beginning of the season. We had some ups and downs.”
Shawn Eggleston referred to the solid defense Shenendehova played on Friday against the Burn Hills (6-1 SC, 6-3 overall) team that beat Saratoga Springs 6-3 on Wednesday. Plainsmen (6-2, 8-2) beat Bethlehem 4-0 that day.
The coach said of his team’s defense, “It’s an area we’ve struggled with a lot.” “We have been very inconsistent. We are working on composing in circles. Don’t give in to pressure.”
Shanahan and fellow 12th graders Keira O’Neill and Maddie Meyer anchored the Shenandoah defense, and Anslow blocked the only Burn Hills shot that went through.
“I thought we did an amazing job,” Shanahan said.
“When it was on our defensive end we made smart decisions,” said Shawn Eggleston.
Burn Hills managed one penalty corner while Shenandoahova was awarded seven of them.
“When you don’t come out to play against Shenandoahova . . . They were the better team today,” said Woman. “Every player has to be on top of their game for us to win.”
Burn Hills lost for the third time in four games which included a pair of shocks in the Max Field Hockey event. Woman believes her team will respond in a positive manner as it continues its bid for the league title before going after its ninth straight Division II Class B flag.
“Sometimes you have to give up in order to make the next move,” said Woman.
Burn Hills 0 0 0 0 – 0
Shenendehova 0 2 0 0 – 2
Burn Hills Scoring: None. Schenendehova Scoring: Shanahan 1-0, Eggleston 1-1, Westervelt 0-1. Goalkeeper: Bern Hills, Jensen, 3 saves. Shenendehova, Anslow, save 1.
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