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By Danielle Achin


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NATICK – With the flood lights shining on Memorial Field, the Natick Redhawks and the Framingham Flyers varsity girls field hockey took to the field last night, October 12.

The Redhawks put the first point on the score board when Olivia Norchi scored.

Natick was called on a penalty, leaving the Flyers at an advantage on the field. Despite the upper hand, Natick’s Colleen Hava sent in a strike past the goalkeeper and picked up the second goal of the game.

In the second period, the Redhawks peppered the Flyers goalkeeper with many scoring attempts but Framingham’s defense managed to hold them.

The game remained 2-0 leading into the second half of the game.

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Natick immediately opened the third frame with its third goal after Anna Schmidt finished off a pass and found the back of the net.

In the finale period, the Redhawks extended their lead 4-0 just over a minute into the frame when Addie Robie blasted one into the net.

The Flyers managed to score the last goal of the night after Mackenzie Coleman connected with the back of the net for the 4-1 final.

Natick’s Brooke Spiegel said “We were using the whole space of the field and sending bigger balls into the circle of the tip which we have been fielding a lot in practice.”

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Natick High Head Coach Ann Burnes said she sees the confidence growing in her team each game they play.

“I think we try to practice how we play. We have a really busy end of the season so we really don’t have a lot of practice time. Now the work we have put in up to this point is most important,” she said.

Framingham Flyer Natalie Stevens said despite the frustrating loss she and her team know what they have to do in preparation for the next game.

“They moved around the field a lot. It was hard to adapt to sticking to their players and playing one-on-one, but we did what we could,” said Stevens.

Flyers head coach, Ellen Sowa, said she saw much improvement from her team executing together on the field.

“We never give up. That’s the one thing I can say about this team,” she said. “Every game they get more confident and they work well and communicate well together even though we aren’t getting it in the net.”

The Flyers will host the Raiders of Wellesley High next on Monday, October 17 at Phil Read Field at 3:45 p.m.

Framingham is 0-7-1 overall.

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Danielle Achin is a fall 2022 SOURCE intern. She is a senior English major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology at Framingham State University. Danielle has been an athlete since she started gymnastics at age 4. She joined the Framingham State cheerleading team freshman year and recently won the 2022 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship for the first time in Framingham State history. She is also one of the Sports editors for Framingham State’s student newspaper The Gatepost.

Photos by Danielle Achin. Lead photo courtesy of Natick high sports.

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Editor’s Note: The report was updated at 12:12 p.m. to reflect the correct athletes who scored the 4th goal for Natick.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.