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Field Hockey earns close win

Mark TillotsonSpecial to Southern News

On a beautiful night at Jess Dow Field, Southern field hockey(2-4) won in their home opener 3-2 over winless America International College.

Freshman Bailey McGinnis scored the game winning goal, while Sarah Cebry and Randi Schock added a goal each.

After back and forth action to start the game, AIC’s first attempt to score came with 32 minutes left in the half. SCSU’s freshman goal keeper Marisa McCann turned away the shot off the stick of an AIC player. The early save set the tone for the Owls defense.

The owls struck first on a goal by Sarah Cebry. The junior forward scored her team leading ninth goal of the season on a penalty corner with 27 minutes and 55 seconds left in the first half.

Cebry’s goal moved her to into a fifth place tie with Carly Sharp on the Owls’ all-time scoring list.

“She’s one of the exceptional players I’ve coached,” said head coach Kelley Frassinelli. “She’s a fantastic athlete and she listens and does fantastic work when she steps onto the field,”

There wouldn’t be much time for the Owls to celebrate, however. Just five minutes later, AIC struck back with a goal of their own.

AIC struck again with 12 minutes left in the first half on a goal off the stick of senior forward Kristin Angeletti. The team took a timeout, which according to Cebry proved to be the turning point in the game.

“We went down 2-1 and then it hit us and we realized that we were really losing,” she said.

The Owls came out of the timeout a different team, refocused and re-energized. The vicious intensity that they played with translated to another score just six minutes later.

Owls senior defender Randi Schock tied the game off of a well-executed penalty stroke, notching the game at 2-2 going into the half.

In the second half, with just under 31 minutes left, McGinnis, who failed to score on an attempt earlier, got a chance to redeem herself. McGinnis scored the go-ahead goal and the defense took over from then on out, with any AIC shots turned away by Owls goalkeeper Marisa McCann.

“I talked really loud and made sure my defense heard me all night,” said McGinnis.

Frassinelli spoke about the play of her freshmen, who, according to the coach are a big key to the Owls’ early season success.

“They all bring something different to the table and it’s just a matter of what they’re willing to do to become complete players,” said Frasinelli.

The Owls dropped their next game, on Friday the 14th, losing 2-1 to Saint Anselm College. They will next play at home against Merrimack on Thursday the 20th at 7 p.m.

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