Earlier in the week, head coach Charlene Morett made it a point to work on the team’s playing standards, making vision, scoring, and mental toughness her main priority.
Morett had also mentioned she wanted to get some scoring from the field.
“We want to see some of the kids who do play in those striker roles to break out and get some goals of their own,” Morett said.
On Wednesday, Morett got exactly what she wished for.
The Penn State field hockey team shared the wealth as they scored five goals in a 5-0 rout of the Lock Haven Eagles. All five of the goals were scored by different players.
“I think it was real important for us to get some goals from the field, because we just talked about being in the right position and finding our players in front of the cage and that’s just something we haven’t done,” Morett said. “Even in the first half, so many balls went in front of the cage they just need to come back a little bit so, we just talked to the ball carrier about finding your teammate and that I thought that was a lot better.”
Sophomore Laura Gebhart scored the first goal of the game halfway into the first half, her to second goal of the season.
Gebhart described the passing of the game as awesome with great fluidity and that the game was built with great support from one and other.
It was only minutes later that team leading scorer senior Kelsey Amy scored the second goal bringing her to eighth goal of the season. That goal was also be Amy’s 60th career goal.
“Kelsey’s just so consistent with her hit and we need her in that position,” Morett said.
Junior Ashtin Klinger kept the momentum going, as she scored the third goal of the game near the start of the second half.
“It was a big team effort,” Klinger said. “It all starts with getting the foul first. Then Whitney’s hit out, and then the shot on cage and I was just there for the rebound. I was just trying to do my job.”
Later, sophomore Taylor Herold earned her first goal of the season as she got in on the action about five minutes after Klniger’s.
The Lions were able to keep their speed and stay on the move even as they put in their substitutes.
Whitney Reddig said she was pleased with her team’s performance of vision and passing.
“I thought we did really well, I didn’t think there was any change when the subs came in, which was good,” Reddig said. “There were times when we could have possessed it more but I think we did keep our heads up and did posses very well.”
It was Hannah Allison’s first goal of the season that secured the team’s win as they defeated Lock Haven.
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