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Eastern Defeats Kingsway, Extends National Unbeaten Streak to 125

Saturday, October 9, 2004

By Boog Williams
SJSports Staff Writer

The word going around Eastern (#1) this past week was that Kingsway (#3) better watch out this weekend. The field hockey team made good on its word, as they defeated Kingsway 9-0. In a rematch from last year’s 1-1 tie, which capped Eastern’s winning streak at 92, the game ended up being no match.

In the first two minutes of the game, Kingsway had the field tilted towards the Eastern goal, but could not score on their penalty corners. Eastern took its first position in the Kingsway end and scored to make it 1-0 at 3:14 seconds into the game. It was the first of 5 goals for Jen Bolger. Kingsway kept coming back but could not score as Eastern’s goalie Lyndsie Johnson made a couple of saves. Eastern Coach Danyle Heilig called a timeout that changed the game. She got her team to play the way that they should, as Eastern took over the game.

Lauren Walls of Eastern, one of the best players in the state, was subbed because of her sluggish play. On the way out, she threw her stick and Coach Heilig said “you’re on the bench the rest of the game”. Eastern then scored the next four goals with 14:42, 11:41, 10:50 and 2:31 left on the clock to take a 5-0 lead at half.

Emma Painter, Coach at Kingsway, showed why she is one of the best coaches in the area. In the beginning she had a stern voice to her players on the game. Once the game was out of hand, she was still teaching her players on how to play the game but with a calmer voice.

In the beginning of the second half, Kingsway’s Dana Ramsden took a shot off of a penalty corner, but Johnson made a great kick save with her right leg. Johnson ended the game with six saves and recorded her ninth shutout of the year. The four other goals for Eastern were scored by Ashley Walls, a hat trick, and Meghan Dawson. With about 12 minutes left in the game, Heilig let Lauren Walls back into the game. In Kingsway’s previous ten games they only gave up two goals, but could not stop Eastern as they ended the game 9-0.

Photos by Gregg Williams

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