By Colin Harris | Staff writer
Field senior midfielder Ashley Calcei lofted a beautiful kick from 40 yards out for the game's first score during Saturday night's game at Tallmadge.
That would be about it for the highlights from Field's side of the field.
Tallmadge recovered from that early road bump to put a hurt on the Falcons to the tune of a 6-1 victory.
"When I saw (Calcei's goal), my first thought was here we go again," Devils coach Scott Williams said. "I was worried coming into this game because we lost to (Field) last year and we've had similar results this year against the teams we've both played."
Williams' fears proved unfounded as the Blue Devils would go on to rattle off six unanswered goals while limiting the Falcons to very few dangerous plays with the ball.
Calcei's goal aside, Field recorded just three legitimate shots on goal in the game -- and zero during the second half.
Part of that success -- or lack of success for the Falcons -- could be contributed to the Tallmadge midfielders, who rarely let Field work the ball into dangerous territory.
"We've got a couple of player sin the midfield in Eryn Gebacz and Abbey Hagenbaugh who worked tirelessly in the middle," Williams said. "They were winning the ball for us and distributing and have really been key for us this year."
While the Tallmadge defense was putting in work to frustrate Field, the Blue Devils' offense was creating -- and finishing -- its opportunities.
Four different players scored goals for Tallmadge, which fired off 15 shots on goal against Field goalkeepers.
Freshman Alyssa Garbinsky and junior Jacquelyn Brown each recorded a pair of goals, while juniors Sammy Williams and Amanda Kilway chipped in with one a piece as part of the Blue Devils' effort.
Williams got Tallamdge on the board in the 12th minute when she shook off a Field defender near the net before firing off a shot top-left past a diving Amanda Lehman. Seven minutes later, it was Brown with her first on a penalty kick to give Tallmadge a lead it would not relinquish.
Williams said Tallmadge's aggression on offense can be contributed to a number of factors, but none more significant than the contributions of a number of new faces on this year's team.
"We've adapted a different formation this year and have four freshman starting now who can come in and really help solidify the program," Williams said. "We've got some other upperclassmen who have stepped up and bought into this system as well.
"We're able to move the ball now and change the point of attack," Williams added. "Last year, we were one-dimensional in that everything we did was long, but now we can (attack) more where we have five people going towards the net, while it was just one last year."
Kilway finished with six saves in-net for Field, while reserve keeper Carrie Griffin added one stop.