The Rough Riders, behind three first-half goals, defeated

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The Rough Riders, behind three first-half goals, defeated neighboring Stow 4-0 Thursday afternoon to extend their winning streak to four in a row.

"This is what I expected from the girls," said Kristen Kalinowski, Roosevelt's third-year coach. "This group of girls is really focused, hard-working and they really work well together. It's not over (though) ... we're not overlooking anyone we have yet to face, but I have confidence that they'll stay strong."

Roosevelt is now 5-2-2 in the Northeastern Ohio Field Hockey league with three matches remaining.

Thursday's win came exactly one week after the Rough Riders' 2-1 upset victory over powerful Hudson, undoubtedly the turning point of the season for Roosevelt.

"The girls have been very consistent. The Hudson game really boosted their spirits," said Kalinowski. "We have a few nagging injuries and everybody got a chance to play today, and that helps. It's hard to point to one girl because they all have been consistent."

Stow (1-5-1) started the match well and swarmed around Roosevelt goalie Morgan Chestnutwood early on. However, the Bulldogs could not get any real quality shots on net.

"I think the girls just needed to get into the groove. It takes them a few minutes sometimes, unfortunately," said Kalinowski. "They like to excite me for a few minutes, keep me on my toes."

Roosevelt then picked up its game and put the first tally on the board less than eight minutes into the opening half when Maya Gilbert tapped home a pass from Andrea Easterday, beating Stow netminder Chrissy Weber.

Four minutes later, it was Weber who played a crucial role in Roosevelt's second goal.

Trying to clear the ball in front of her own goal, Weber inadvertently advanced the ball with her hand. While allowed to handle the ball, a goalie, however, must drop the ball immediately. The miscue gave Roosevelt's Stasia Burroughs a penalty shot.

Burroughs, standing about 15 feet in front of Weber, successfully chipped the ball into the left corner of the net to double Roosevelt's advantage to 2-0.

Moments after the goal, Stow had its best chance of the match when a cluster around Chestnutwood produced a shot that went just wide of an open net.

That missed opportunity was magnified in the waning minutes of the half when Gilbert set up Kyle Rumsey, who was stationed on the right side of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Megan Johns finished the Rough Riders' scoring with an unassisted goal with 18:52 remaining in the second half, a half Roosevelt pretty much dominated.

Called on at the end to make a couple of stops, Chestnutwood (eight saves) did so and notched her second shutout of the season, albeit not at 100 percent.

"She's an excellent goalkeeper," said Kalinowski. "She's actually injured right now, but she played through it. She really controls the backfield."

Stow outshot Roosevelt 18-16, but many of those shots occurred in the early part of the game. Weber recorded 10 saves.

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Kent Roosevelt 4, Stow 0

(At Stow)

KENT ROOSEVELT 3 1 _ 4

STOW 0 0 _ 0

First half _ 1. (K) Maya Gilbert (Andrea Easterday), 7:13; 2. (K) Stasia Burroughs (penalty shot), 11:25; 3. (K) Kyle Rumsey (Gilbert), 27:53.

Second half _ 4. (K) Megan Johns, 11:08.

Shots on goal _ Stow, 18-16.

Penalty corners _ Kent Roosevelt, 8-7.

Goalies/Saves _ (K) Morgan Chestnutwood/8; (S) Chrissy Weber/10.

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