MIDDLETON – In a meeting of two 7-0 Catholic Central League women hockey teams chock filled with upperclassmen talent, it will develop into a middler schooler who would lead her workforce to victory.
Eighth grader Samantha Taber contributed all of the scoring as Austin Prep (8-0) defeated St. Mary’s, 2-0, Saturday night time at the Essex Sports Middle.
“She is nice,” stated Cougars head coach Stephanie Wooden. “When she gets in near the web, she will finish. She’s a very nice throughout player.”
Nevertheless it wasn’t simply Taber who stole the show, but Spartans goaltender Lauren Vaccaro, who made an astounding 42 saves all through the competition. She pounced on the puck and did nicely controlling rebounds in a efficiency that earned accolades from each side.
The first interval noticed Austin Prep dominate possession, with robust photographs from Taber, Kara Cecchini and Aylah Cioffi. Vaccaro didn’t flinch, even shutting down a Cecchini two-on-one halfway via the body. St. Mary’s (7-1) snagged three possibilities on internet at the close of the primary, however Cougars goaltender Hannah Aveni turned them away in fast succession.
Vaccaro opened the second interval by stopping six Austin Prep photographs in a row until St. Mary’s might get the puck down within the Cougar zone for a sustained possession. Once Austin Prep snagged the puck again, Maeve Crehan’s nifty move discovered Taber, who slid it into the web for her first objective of the evening 9 minutes into the body. Three minutes later, St. Mary’s had an influence play opportunity, however the Cougars’ fast protection restricted the Spartans to just one shot through the lady advantage.
Austin Prep continued to win the possession recreation as the third period started. Vaccaro stopped seven consecutive photographs earlier than St. Mary’s might get a top quality possession. She continued to face on her head, preserving it a one aim recreation, till Taber snagged the puck from Ella Saracco, squared herself with the web, shot and scored with 1:23 remaining.
“I simply noticed the defense do a great excessive off the glass, and I just went for it,” stated Taber. “It’s a cut up second thought that you need to do to shoot, and I used to be simply considering five-hole because it was open.”
This difficult-fought recreation was simply the first of two regular season matchups between the Cougars and the Spartans this season, and both coaches know that their opponents will continue to be a formidable problem down the stretch.
“I’m pleased with (my staff),” stated Spartans head coach Frank Pagliuca. “Austin is an effective workforce they usually played a superb recreation.”
“It’s all the time enjoyable once you play St. Mary’s,” stated Wood. “Good group of youngsters, good group of coaches. Just makes for a very enjoyable environment. We knew it was going to be a very robust recreation, identical to once we see them once more, it is going to be harder than the primary one.”