Mansfield varsity field hockey beat King Philip Tuesday 2-1, generally dominating the Warriors throughout. It's said that the best defense is a a good offense, and Mansfield gave credence to the adage.
Mansfield kept KP on the defensive for most of the game, only letting the ball into their zone sparingly. KP hardly had any shot attempts for the first half of the game.
Mansfield struck early with only a little over a minute into the game. Mansfield's Kelsy Kiley went got in a shot during a fast break.
"We got knocked over in the first minute of the game," said KP head coach Liz Hathaway. "That was a big difference right there."
Mansfield scored again before the half during a melee in front of the KP goalkeeper. Meg Chemburkar was able to get the ball in during the chaos.
"I think in the first half we played great," said Mansfield head coach Theresa DeGirolamo. "Then in the second we kind of krept out of posistion, and we're not in position to score. Overall we played great, we really dominated the count of possession. I'm Just glad to get out with the win."
But it could have been a lot worse for KP, as Mansfield had the most time in possession of the ball, but KP made some great defensive plays. Warriors' goalkeeper Molly Ahern made a whopping 14 saves during the game.
"She's really made a lot of progress," said Hathaway. "I couldn't be happier with her."
KP managed to score again with 18:45 left in the game. Co Captain Rachael Lomp got one by assisted by Kathryn Riley to get KP's only score. Mansfield was able to keep the Warriors at bay.
Mansfield moves up to a record of 9-3-2 and plays Foxborough on Wednesday. KP move down to 3-6-4 and plays Foxborough on Friday.