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October 8, 2013

Medina field hockey sweeps season series with Roy-Hart

Barker edges past Akron in 1-0 battle

MEDINA —

MIDDLEPORT— After two years of struggling, the Lady Mustangs field hockey team is starting to learn what it takes to win in the Niagara-Orleans League.

Kelsey Evoy scored both of Medina's goals, both on assists from Mallori Wienke, as the Lady Mustangs edged past Roy-Hart 2-1 in a league contest on Tuesday afternoon.

"It wasn't pretty, but we won," Medina veteran head coach Kristi Young said. "I was panicking at the end, but we held them off."

The panic came when Roy-Hart mounted a furious comeback attempt in the game's final five minutes, earning a string of penalty corner opportunities, which the Lady Mustangs fended off with aggressive defense. 

But Medina had the comfort of a lead at this point, thanks to Evoy's second tally that held up as the game-winning goal, just inside the ten-minute mark. 

Evoy plays the halfback position and is not normally on the offensive side, except for when the Lady Mustangs have a penalty corner opportunity. Consequently, both of Evoy's goals came as a result of penalty corners, when she served as the inserter, Young said.

Evoy gave Medina a 1-0 lead early in the first half, before Roy-Hart answered to make the score 1-1 at halftime. 

Medina's win was even more impressive considering the challenges of adjusting from the Veterans Park turf to Roy Hart's grass playing surface. The Lady Mustangs hadn't played on the road for over two weeks, Young said, and the re-adjustment proved difficult at first.

But Young's squad prevailed, and the Lady Mustangs will conclude their season with road games at Newfane, Barker and Wilson.

Medina improves to 2-7 in league play, while Roy-Hart drops to 0-9.

"Our girls played hard," Young said.

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