By Colin Harris | Staff Writer
The Kent Roosevelt girls field hockey team was handed its first loss of the regular season on Monday, as the Stow Bulldogs crossed border lines to pick up a 3-0 victory.
"We knew that Stow was going to be a tough test for us," Roosevelt head coach K.C. Nemec said. "Last year, we played them in the first game of the season and they beat us 6-0, so we know they're a great team. They've got a lot of great offensive contributors inside the circle."
Stow (1-1 overall) was anything but lackadaisical on the afternoon, peppering Roosevelt's defense and goalkeeper with the ball to the tune of 21 shots on goal.
The Bulldogs struck quickly in the first half when midfielder Lizzie Modderman scored the game's first goal off of a corner -- one of 17 corner opportunities for Stow in the game.
That quick goal, Nemec said, caught the Rough Riders a little off-guard, despite heading into the game with what felt like the right plan.
"I thought that we came into the game ready to go, but (Modderman's goal) sort of caught us a little bit," Nemec said. "We had to make some adjustments defensively because Stow was able to make so many quick shots on goal."
Those adjustments were largely successful for the remainder of the first half as Stow threatened, but was unable to capitalize on a handful of opportunities inside of Roosevelt territory.
Things began to fall apart for the Rough Riders early into the second half, however, when Stow again struck quickly. This time, with a pair of goals by teammates forward Rachel Ivins and midfielder Kelsey Adams, the Bulldogs were able to push their lead to the eventual final of 3-0.
The two goals gave the Bulldogs a commanding advantage and really limited the offense that Roosevelt would be able to run, Nemec said.
"Give Stow credit, because they came out in that second half ready to go and get some early goals," Nemec said. "That really changed what we wanted to do because it's really hard to get going offensively when you get down three goals."
As a result of her team's offensive success, Stow keeper Kayla Cartwright had a relatively easy afternoon in net. Cartwright faced just three shots on goal from Roosevelt on her way to the shutout.
Next up for Roosevelt is a road game against Hawken at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Stow is also in action on Wednesday, when the Bulldogs host Magnificat at 5 p.m.
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