Before Thursday’s game with Broadneck, Arundel field hockey coach Carrie Vosburg told to Nikki Seven she needed her to score three goals.
In addition to the fact that Seven did precisely what her coach requested that her do, she included a pair of helps for good measure.
Seven’s five points helped the Wildcats procure their second straight success to begin the season, 5-2, over the Bruins.
“They have such strong motivation coming into this game,” said Seven, who scored two goals in Tuesday’s success over Marriotts Ridge. “It was their first county game and they really wanted to win. They executed in the second half very well.”
Broadneck (1-1) took a 1-0 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half on an goal from Makenna Quigley off an avoidance on a punishment corner.
The Wildcats began to turn up the pressure and scored two goals in the last three minutes of the half to lead the pack for good. Grace Johnson put Arundel on the board with an goal at the 3:10 separate a help from Seven, at that point Seven fed Maggie Lockard under two minutes after the fact for the approval goal.
Seven scored her first of the game three minutes into the second half to top a keep running of three objectives in a seven-minute range. Seven included two goals in the last seven minutes of the game for the Wildcats, who’ve scored nine objectives in their first two games.
“They asked her for three goals and she delivered,” Vosburg said. “They wouldn’t have asked if they didn’t think she was capable.”
Lana Hamilton and Jillian Trout each had helps, Ava Lynch had a protective spare and Savannah Brooks halted 12 shots for Arundel, which will confront Archbishop Spalding on Saturday morning.
In spite of the fact that the Wildcats have outscored their first two rivals 9-4, Vosburg feels there is still some work to be finished.
“They still have a lot of stuff to clean up,” she said. “It’s the first week, and unfortunately for them they don’t have an easy first week. They’re pretty young, so they’re just trying to build them up and get them where they need to be.”
Broadneck, coming off a 5-1 triumph over Glenelg on Tuesday for first-year coach Shannon Hanratty’s first win, conveyed the play early. The Bruins endeavored the game’s first three punishment corners and had the lead until the last minutes of the first half, thanks to a part to a protective save from Zoe Shevitz at the eight-minute mark. They were likewise ready to mount some pressure halfway during that time half, yet didn’t jump on the load up again until Julia Harrison’s goal with four minutes left slice Arundel’s lead to 4-2.
“They don’t want to say it wasn’t their best because they really think their fight and effort was their best,” Hanratty said. “To stay in it until the end of the game and score a goal with less than five minutes left when they’re down by three shows fight and effort.”
Sammy Dupcak had two helps and Alex Clough made four spares before leaving late in the first half with damage. Cecilia Gazelle played the rest of the game and stopped six shots for the Bruins.