Defense Continues to Anchor King Philip’s Strong Start

King Philip field hockey
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By Jaron May, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

WRENTHAM, Mass. – King Philip used yet another stout defensive effort and cashed in twice on offense, rolling to an impressive 2-0 win over Taunton to remain undefeated.

The back line for KP, composed of Monica Harvey, Caroline Klim, Emma Izadorzcak and Kate Lindmark, weren’t tested too often, but when they were, they stood strong.

“Our defense is playing great,” King Philip head coach Liz Hathaway said. “We are not really giving any teams shots on net.”

The defense was tested by Taunton a few times in the first half, but mostly towards the end of the game. In the first half, the Tigers threw a couple of attempts towards the net, but most pushing just left or just right of the net. In the second half, Taunton was able to weave the ball up the field, though the first few layers of the Warriors’ defense but couldn’t breakthrough.

The combination of the back four and goalie Abby Campbell in net was able to shutout the Tigers and hold them to only two shots on goal.

KP’s strong defense translated into an impressive performance from the Warriors’ offense and helped control the ball for most of the game.

 

Hathaway noted that her defense and midfield were “doing such a good job getting the ball back on the front line that it is generating lots of shots.”

On the offensive side of the ball, KP’s Ali Meehan led the charge. She took control of the offense and was able to penetrate the Tigers’ defense multiple times throughout the game. Meehan was in on both of the goals, tallying two assists on the night.

Hathaway had high praise for her young star, saying Meehan “has great hand eye in front of the net. She is so fast. She knows how to position herself, and she is really good at getting the ball up field and creating our attack.”

With 3:20 remaining in the first half, KP threatened with a corner. The ball was passed in and crossed over to Meehan who was waiting on the right, looking at a wide open net. She controlled the ball and lifted it, aiming for the opposite side. Her shot looked like it was going to be just wide until Nicole Connor came crashing in to tip it back in and put a point up on the board for the Warriors.

A half hour passed by and Meehan and the Warriors created another chance. The Tigers’ goalie was able to come up with some big saves to keep Taunton’s hopes alive, but with 14 minutes remaining the Warrior attack was just too much. This time Meehan sent the ball across the goal and found Caitlin Donahue. Donahue then had an easy tap in for another KP goal.

“I think it was great today because it was a total team win, everyone got some minutes,” Hathaway said.

With the win, the King Philip field hockey improves to 5-0-1 and will face off against divisional foes North Attleboro and Mansfield next. Taunton falls to 1-4-0, looking to bounce back against New Bedford on Friday afternoon

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