For a young and inexperienced playoff team like Medway’s field hockey squad, a first-round win against a similar-seeded team — and an overtime squeaker at that — is one thing. A victory against an undefeated first seed? That’s another thing entirely.
As they took to the muddy field at Bishop Stang in Tuesday’s Division 2 South quarterfinal contest, the odds were not on the Mustangs’ side. Apparently nobody told them that.
The Mustangs pulled themselves back from an early deficit to take a 2-1 win, handing Bishop Stang its first loss of the year.
“Our belief is that we’re a good team, and if we come to play, we should be able to hang with anybody,” said Mustangs’ coach Mary Ellen Hasenfuss. “Their attitude is good. I think they’re starting to believe.”
Spartan Margaret Ferrari scored the first goal of the contest at just under the 20-minute mark in the first half, but Medway refused to submit.
“Once the other team scores, two things can happen: the team can fire up and say they can get it back, or they can give up,” said Hasenfuss. “We didn’t give up.”
Andrea Giaccobe netted the equalizer less than six minutes later, and the teams entered halftime tied, 1-1.
After 22 scoreless minutes, Medway’s Colby Marchetti broke the tie after beating her defender, who had slipped in the mud, on a rebounded shot.
Keeper Kasey Citron, who had 14 saves in the game, made four of her stops in the final minutes to help the team clinch its first semifinal berth in several years.
Though the Mustangs now carry considerable momentum going into Thursday’s game against Old Rochester on its home turf, Hasenfuss is stressing to her team that they must continue to take it one game at a time.
“We’re always cautiously optimistic. If we can beat a No. 1 seed, we should be able to beat a lower-seeded team, again, if we show up to play,” said Hasenfuss. “It’s all if we show up to play."
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