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Field hockey looks to stay optimistic

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

These are the challenging times for the Catasauqua field hockey team. Yet, there still is plenty of room for optimism and promise.

The Roughies got their first win of the season Monday afternoon when they downed Palisades, 2-1. It ended a 10-game losing streak to begin the season. They also only scored two goals through their first 10 games.

In the win over Palisades, Kenzie Bradley scored the winning goal and Tyra Brown tallied the first one with an assist from Tyza Klotz.

“It was a relief getting the first win,” said second-year head coach Julie Sikorsky. “This was huge for the girls.

“This has been a tough season with a very young team.”

Sikorsky cited the play of goalie Hannah Greenberg, who has registered over 60 saves this season. Freshmen Anabelle Cline and Sabrina Safadi also have been steady contributors.

“(Cline and Safadi) have started every game and they are greatly improving with each game. Hannah Greenberg has been excelling throughout the season.”

Sikorsky also recognized the play of senior Tyra Brown.

“Brown is my center who remains competitive and aggressive in the field. She controls the ball majority of the game for our team.”

Bradley, a senior captain, sees the big picture.

“We realized that we weren’t going to be spectacular this year,” she said. “The main focus of our practices right now is preparing the underclassmen for the rest of their high school careers. It is tough losing the majority of our games in our senior year, but knowing that we are making the underclassmen better is worth it. They are getting better each game

“It was an amazing moment when we beat Palisades because we knew that with extremely hard work, we could win a game and show what we are made of. You could see the drive and tenacity every player had in the game.”

Sikorsky also can envision a brighter future.

“As a team, I also seeing us progressing as a unit,” said Sikorsky. “Our girls are communicating better and increasing their stick skills.”