NSA finishes season strong
Published 6:40 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy field hockey team followed up a home conference win on Monday with another one on Tuesday, a 1-0 victory over Walsingham Academy that capped off the Lady Saints’ 2015 regular season schedule.
“I felt like the girls played awesome,” NSA coach Ashley Skinner said. “They played as a team. They really worked hard. Our passing combinations just picked up as the game progressed. We were able to connect passes all the way down the field, so I’m really excited about that momentum going into the conference tournament next week.”
The game was scoreless in the first half, but freshman Lauren Meyers was able to break through the Lady Trojans’ defense to score an unassisted goal with 17:19 remaining in the second half.
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The Nansemond-Suffolk offense showed consistency in its attack, earning five offensive penalty corners in each half. Walsingham finished with four overall, one in the first half and three in the second.
Lady Saints freshman goalkeeper Sarah Christiansen suffered an injury shortly after halftime and left the game. Skinner said Christiansen may have a hyper-extended knee but is hopeful she will be able to play next week.
“We’ll have to play it by ear,” the coach said.
Christiansen had two saves on Tuesday and was replaced by sophomore Summer Wood.
On Monday, Nansemond-Suffolk played a make-up game against Hampton Roads Academy, and a goal by freshman Sam Williams with 20 seconds left in regulation lifted the Lady Saints to a 3-2 triumph.
“We played a great game today,” Skinner said on Monday. “We fought really hard. Hampton Roads Academy is always a great competitor for us, and our girls pushed through and played with finesse today to pull off the victory.”
NSA led for the majority of the contest before the Lady Navigators mounted a rally late in the second half.
Lady Saints sophomore Tori Psimas gave her team a 1-0 lead via an unassisted goal with 18:09 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore Morgan Morrell added to that lead with 13:59 to go in the second half, assisted by Summer Wood.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Lady Navigators junior Sophia Kingsbury began to find the inside of cage. She scored at the 7:39 mark and again less than two minutes later to tie things up.
This seemed to steer the game toward overtime, but then Williams was able to avert it, scoring the go-ahead goal off an assist by Morrell.
“We had a penalty corner ultimately that led up to that event,” Skinner said.
Nansemond-Suffolk earned eight offensive penalty corners, and HRA had seven.
Christiansen logged five saves, while the Lady Navigators’ keeper registered 11.
The Lady Saints (10-6-1, 3-3) are set to play on Tuesday with the time, location and opponent to be determined.