OLD TOWN — The Old Town High School field hockey team ran into a hot goalie Wednesday night in 14-year-old Hermon High School sophomore Nicolette Hashey.
But the Coyotes’ relentless pressure paid off as seniors Ella Sulinsky and Kayla Dupont had a goal and an assist apiece and freshman Tia Jackson scored a second-half goal that provided the Coyotes with a 3-1 victory over the Hawks.
Hashey was under siege for large portions of the game and finished with 10 saves while also steering several crosses out of danger.
Old Town, which improved to 3-4-1, outshot Hermon 29-5.
The youthful Hawks, 0-8, were without three regulars and a fourth played sparingly due to a stomach ailment.
But they worked hard and made the Coyotes earn their goals.
Sulinsky opened the scoring with 13:35 left in the first half just after Hashey had made a great pad save off Eryn Nelson, who re-directed Sulinsky’s pass on net.
Hermon tried to clear it but Sulinsky intercepted it.
“I stopped it at the top of the circle and drove it. I was just trying to put it on net and it went to the goalie’s left,” said Sulinsky, whose goal was her first of the year.
Dupont scored her third goal of the season 10 minutes later.
Sulinsky made a long cross that wound up on the stick of Dupont, who was positioned to Hashey’s right.
“I just tipped it to the opposite post,” said Dupont. “We work on that in practice every day.”
Old Town outshot Hermon 17-1 in the first half but the Hawks nearly took the lead when Courtney Applebee’s hard probing cross just evaded the stick of Miranda Charloux, who had made a run to the far post and was staring at an open cage.
Hermon generated some sustained pressure early in the second half but the Coyotes weathered the pressure and regained control of the game thanks to the speedy Dupont, who made several scintillating runs down the left flank, and the omnipresent Sulinsky in the midfield.
Jackson sewed up the win with a re-direction of a Dupont pass back across to the far post.
Hermon’s Ashley Cyr ruined Old Town goalie Erica Ogden’s shutout bid with 3:53 remaining as Lindsay Marsh fed her the ball off a penalty corner and Cyr rifled a powerful shot from the right of the circle past the helpless Ogden.
It was Cyr’s first goal of the campaign.
Old Town coach Courtney Gingrich was pleased with the win.
“The girls came out fired up and ready to go. It was their first game under the lights in a long time,” said Gingrich. “They worked together as a team. I was proud of them. A lot of things were clicking. Our passes were clicking. We looked smoother today.”
Junior Rachel Callaway anchored the back line for the Coyotes and Ogden was credited with one save.
Hermon coach Ann Redman thought her team gave a good account of itself.
“We’ve got a real young team and they’ve been stepping it up,” said Redman. “[Hashey] did a a great job. She has been coming up strong for us.”
“[Hashey] played a great game,” agreed .
Redman also said she received top-notch performances from Cyr and midfielder Julie McDonald.
Hashey felt she played well.
“I was more aggressive than I usually am. And my defense was real good tonight. They really backed me up,” she said referring to Kaitlinn Turner, Megan Whitney, Karrie Cardona and Haylie Blackmer.