Astros Field Hockey Wins Two Contests on the Road

By Chris Paul

The Pinkerton Academy Field Hockey squad evened out their season record with two shutout wins last week to hit the .500 mark as the entered into the month of September.
Head coach Katie Littlefield and her Lady Astros began their season with two losses to a couple of strong teams to end the month of August, but bounced right back against Merrimack and Salem High Schools.

Sophomore Ave Bennett has been a force on offense and defense this season. Photo by Chris Paul

In the game against the Lady Tomahawks, Pinkerton got its first win of the young season with a slim 1-0 victory in Merrimack.
The only goal in the contest came in the fourth quarter, when Ava Bennett put the ball in the Tomahawk net at 9:22. Sage Wing got the assist.
According to Littlefield, “We had great play from Sophia McAdams on the front line and Julia Murgo in the midfield,” in the teams first win.
The PA defense was extremely tough in the game and goalie Elise LeBlanc only needed to make two saves throughout the four quarters.
On the other side of the field, Leah Saari had nine saves for Merrimack.
The PA team traveled to Salem High School for their next game, on Friday, Sept. 3, and came away with another shutout win to bring their season record to 2-2.
The Lady Astros had three unanswered goals against the Blue Devils for a great team win.
After two scoreless periods to start the game the Astros finally broke through in the third quarter when Jaelyn Crossman scored with an assist from Ava Bennett at 11:51.
Bennett had a goal of her own at 2:20 with an assist from Sage Wing.
Natalie Paradzick added the third goal of the game in the fourth quarter, assisted by Ava Bennett at 9:05.
The tough Pinkerton defense made goalie Elise LeBlanc life easy that afternoon and she was never challenged in net.
Littlefield commented, “Outstanding all-around play from Ava Bennett and great defense by Peyton Knowlton.”