BF stickers rout Rutland, 8-0

WESTMINSTER — After time expired on Thursday afternoon, Bellows Falls varsity field hockey coach Bethany Coursen said she felt as though her players might learn a lot more from a loss.

But that L word just didn't sound right coming out of her mouth.

The Terriers had just trounced visiting Rutland 8-0 for the program's 35th victory in a row, leaving them just two wins shy of a second-straight perfect regular season.

"It would be nice to come off the field and be able to celebrate a nice win," stated Coursen, whose closest call all season was a four-goal victory over Hartford. They have outscored their first 12 opponents by a combined 83-3.

"Everything went well today. We have been working on hard passing and I thought we did a nice job of that. We have really good stick work, but sometimes we play around with the ball too much," noted the BF coach.

Dani Marchica and Molly Kelly each tallied twice for the hosts, who took a 4-0 lead to the break. Madison Streeter, Abbe Cravinho, Reaghan Baldasaro and Sophia Hyslop added one goal apiece.

Alice Salter-Roy set up a couple of highlight reel scores in the second half. She made two strong passes from the right wing — Kelly tapped in the first of them and the second went to Baldasaro, who set up Marchica's first winner.

"God, they whack that ball hard," stated a fan after Salter-Roy drove the ball ahead to Baldasaro.

The Terriers (12-0) treated the home crowd to a couple of nice passing combinations in the first half. Streeter stole the ball and found Marchica, who then put the ball on Megan Banik's stick. Meagan Kelly later intercepted a pass and pushed the ball ahead to Banik, who dished off to Baldasaro.

The hosts were also solid on penalty corners, with Cravinho, Molly Kelly and Michelle Marchica teaming up for a quality chance.

Rutland's best opportunities came early on in each half.

Taylor Krupp, Alyssa Farrell, Ella Beraldi, Audrey Comes-Atland and Sophie Tanen put the heat on during those attacks. But Emma Lober made two nice saves, Sara Scarlett stopped a run, and the hosts got clears from Paxton Santorelli, Taylor Goodell and Halle Dickerson.

"I'm not sure what it is? We came out flat-footed early. We need to stay focused for the entire game," Coursen said.

Bellows Falls will face Burr and Burton on Tuesday and finish the regular season versus Brattleboro on Thursday, which is Senior Day.


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