BRATTLEBORO -- On Thursday night, the Michael J. Fox Show was supposed to have everyone laughing.
Ashleigh Creighton’s performance, well, that was no joke.
The Windsor field hockey player tallied twice in the second half to lead the Yellowjackets to a 4-1 victory over Brattleboro on Tenney Field.
"It’s just frustrating. You play your hearts out and keep getting the ball into the circle, but just couldn’t score," said Colonels coach Deb Valliere.
The hosts applied plenty of pressure in the first half, however Katie Damian’s finish in close would be their only goal.
Kayla Savage had a couple of nice runs, Kebrina Howard missed wide, and Savage’s shot from a difficult angle glanced off the side of the cage.
"We were dominating the whole first half," added Valliere, who started JV goalie Hannah Wilson between the pipes for some varsity experience and later replaced her with Jen Dyer.
The visitors sandwiched Damian’s goal with a couple of burials on penalty corners. Ashley Wilcox scored seven minutes in and Kristen Nolt put one in the cage seven minute before the break, each assisted by Haley Wood.
Windsor took a 2-1 advantage to the intermission.
Dyer was tested often over the next 30 minutes. She denied Brooke Hurd and turned back a couple of attempts by Wood.
But Creighton would eventually ice it. She deposited a feed from Hurd with 7:09 remaining and then put away a pass from Wilcox at the 2:42 mark, giving the Yellowjackets a 4-1 lead.
The Colonels never quit. They had three corner chances down the stretch, with Daisy Giroux often finding Savage up top. One shot was kicked away by Windsor netminder Emma Saucier and another beat her via the five hole, but defender Iyonna Williams provided the backup and cleared the ball out of danger.
Valliere, whose team dropped to 1-5-1 overall, said that the versatile Damian had an awesome game. The Colonels will play at Burr and Burton on Monday.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.