Bears beat up on Panthers
The fans that were at Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley's field hockey game Thursday afternoon probably heard the sound of plastic balls hitting a wooden plank in their sleep last night.
Pleasant Valley opened up a 9-0 lead at halftime before going on to win by a final score of 15-0 over its Mountain Valley Conference opponent. The Bears are hoping to carry the momentum they gained from this game over into next week's matchups with Lehighton, Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg.
"Next week is going to be one of our toughest weeks," said Pleasant Valley head coach Angie Frantz. "We have the last three of our MVC games for the first half and they are all going to be important. Hopefully this will help get us ready for what is going to come next."
Pleasant Valley's Melissa Russo scored four of her game-high six goals in the first half to pace the Bears. She scored two goals in succession twice, placing two in early in the half before picking up two more minutes before halftime.
"I thought we played great," said Russo after setting a new career high for goals in a game. "We were working on our passes a lot and trying to work it up the field. It was a good day.
"We are getting pumped for next week. (Wednesday's) practice was great and I think that's why today's game was great. Hopefully we can do that again next week against our rivals."
Fellow Bear Sam Moss also tallied a hat-trick in the contest. She scored the game's opening goal at the 22:57 mark on a shot from the top of the circle. She would score again at the 9:32 mark prior to completing the hat-trick with just 48 seconds remaining in the opening half.
Teammates Rikki Correll and Hayley Williams each added two goals for Pleasant Valley, while Nina Staats and Jamie Dorshimer each tallied one.
Pocono Mountain West was no match for Pleasant Valley. The Panthers' pushed the ball across midfield for roughly 20 seconds in the first half and were out-shot by a staggering margin of 28-0. It wasn't much better in the second half either.
"I don't really look at it as a good thing that we scored 15 goals," Frantz said. "It's hard as a coach to stop the players when they are out there. It's hard to control that.
"Honestly, the girls were really ready to play today since we were coming off of a loss to Parkland. They wanted to play well and come out strong. All of them wanted to score and I really couldn't control that."
The Bears will have a big week next week as they will take on Lehighton, Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg - three of the stronger teams in the conference year-in and year-out. The games could have a bearing on who gets what seed in the MVC playoffs later this year.
"We are going to have to work on scoring quickly," said Frantz. "That has been one of our problems this season. Our defense has been very strong, so I am not too concerned with that. But just getting goals in quick and staying on top of each other will be our main focus."