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September 17, 2013

Field Hockey: Two second half goals power Amesbury over Rockport

ROCKPORT — On some occasions time spent in the offensive zone does not tell the entire story of the game. Such was the case when Rockport field hockey squared off with Amesbury Monday at Rockport High School in a Cape Ann League Small battle.

The Vikings and Indians each spent an equal amount of time in the offensive end on Monday, but it was Amesbury who carried play, particularly in the second half, as it was more composed in the offensive end, which led to several more quality scoring opportunities than the Vikings.

While Rockport got a strong performance from goalie Maddie Rowe and a solid game from its defensive core, Amesbury used those quality scoring opportunities to its advantage scoring a pair of second half goals en route to a 2-1 win.

The loss drops the Vikings under the .500 mark at 2-3 on the year, Amesbury improves to 2-3 with the win.

“It was a good performance by both teams, we are starting to come together and we continue to work hard,” Vikings head coach Mary Ryan. “We just weren’t getting enough quality shots and making the (Amesbury) goal keeper work. We put a lot of shots wide and we struggled a bit to get anything going off of our corners. Overall I thought it was a good performance and a well played game on both ends, they just had a few more quality opportunities and they converted them.”

When Rockport did generate a quality scoring opportunity, it scored. Just over two minutes into the game the home team took a 1-0 lead when Emily Faulds put home a pass from Miranda Roller. But that’s all the Vikings would get as the Amesbury defense limited quality shots with strong positional defense.

The teams traded opportunities in a back and forth first 30 minutes with the Indians controlling the final five minutes of play with several corner opportunities and well executed set plays. Rockport goalie Maddie Rowe, however, made several quality saves to keep the Vikings ahead. The defense, led by captain Heather MacArthur, also came up big keeping the ball out of harms way and Rockport entered the half with a 1-0 advantage.

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