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Field hockey: Turners Falls blanks Franklin Tech

Staff Writer
Published: 9/24/2019 8:15:18 PM
Modified: 9/24/2019 10:13:15 PM

TURNERS FALLS — It was a slow start for the Turners Falls field hockey team’s offense in the first half against Franklin Tech on Tuesday, but once it got going, it was tough to stop.

Turners dominated possession early but was unable to show for it on the scoreboard before notching two goals before the halftime horn sounded, and added four more in the second half in a 6-0 win over the Eagles in an independent game played at Turners Falls High School.

Junior Brynn Tela led the offensive charge for the Thunder, scoring two goals and assisting on another. 

“We started off a little slow,” Turners coach Becky Dame said. “It took them some time to get the offense going but once they did it went well.”

Freshman Lindsay Davenport opened the scoring for the Thunder with 11 minutes to go in the first half, taking the ball into the crease and firing it past Tech goalie Kyleigh Baleno for the first score of the day.

While Turners was dominating possession for the first half, outshooting the Eagles 13-0, Franklin Tech looked to head into the halftime break trailing by just one. 

That was until Tela sent the ball in deep with two minutes to go in the half, which was fielded by Kendra Campbell, who turned and rifled a shot into the cage for the Thunder’s second goal.

The passing and distribution of the ball was something Dame was pleased with from her team.

“That’s what our season has been like,” Dame said. “They’re playing really well as a team and passing the ball well so everyone has a chance to score. It’s nice to watch them play as a team this year.”

As the second half began, rain poured down on the field, but it wouldn’t be enough to cool down the Turners attack.

Tela scored her first goal 30 seconds into the half off an assist from Campbell, and two minutes later, Kaylin Voudrin found the back of the cage and suddenly the Thunder had a 4-0 lead.

Playing with a small bench of just a few players, Eagles coach Rian Lovett felt her squad simply ran out of gas.

“We competed for a half,” Lovett said. “We played really well for that first half, but then we just got tired. Then, we got down on ourselves and just couldn’t recover from those couple goals. We’re playing a lot better than we have been playing, but that score didn’t show the growth we’ve had this year.”

With 18 minutes to play, Turners struck again, as Tela scored her second goal off an assist from Davenport.

The final goal came with 10 minutes to go, as Paige Sulda scored off an assist from Olivia Whittier.

Playing with a large lead, Dame was able to empty her bench at the end, getting different girls into the game who haven’t seen much game action, and was pleased with what she saw from the younger players.

“Everyone was able to get in today which was really nice,” Dame said. “Everyone got to play, and the kids who went in moved the ball very well.”

Lovett was disapointed to not come out with a win over their crosstown rival, but understands that the Thunder are a division higher, and the experience going against a deeper team will serve them well in Tri-County action.

“This is a league higher,” Lovett said. “They’re a league stronger, and they play the stronger teams all the time. We can really compete in our league, but coming up and playing these games are really tough on us.”

Turners is back in action today, taking on Palmer while Franklin Tech looks to get back in the win column on Thursday when they take on Mahar.

Turners 6, Franklin Tech 0

Franklin Tech








Goals: (T) Davenport, Campbell, Tela (2), Voudrin, Sulda.

Assists: (T) Tela, Davenport, Campbell, Whittier.

Shots: Franklin Tech 5. Turners 18.

Saves: (FT) Baleno 12. (T) Greene 5.

Corners: Franklin Tech 5. Turners 8.

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