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Shawnee Uses Second Half Surge to Defeat Bishop Eustace

Saturday, September 9, 2006

By Stephanie Wright
SJSports Special Correspondent

There's always something that happens after the coaching staff gathers around with their players during the intermission session during a game. Words of wisdom, constructive criticism or just words of encouragement can be used to motivate the team. When the Lady Renegades from Shawnee visited Bishop Eustace in an Olympic Conference field hockey match-up, the visiting team would work their way to a one goal lead at the break. The Renegades would continue to control this game during the second half as goalie Briana Pereira would not allow a single shot into the cage. Shawnee would start off their season with an impressive 4-0 win against a very good team.

This was the first game of the season for both teams and a new start always bring out new expectations to a new quest for success. Shawnee would begin this game mostly on the offensive attack and they would be awarded a corner that resulted in a goal. Jenn Motylinski was at the right place at the right time to deflect a shot into the game and lead 1-0. That score would hold up until the second half where the Renegades continued to pressure the defense. Laurel McGarvie doubled their lead when she scored during the early moments and then later, McGarvie connected on a penalty stroke to take a three goal lead. Michelle Arfuso scored the final goal of the game for Shawnee and the Lady Renegades would start off their new season on the winning side.

Photos by Hugh Tsung

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