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Mercury article from Daniel Boone

Posted Friday, September 15, 2006 by Ann Schmidt

Young Blazers fall short of Conrad Weiser
Dennis Weller, Special to The Mercury
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UNION TOWNSHIP -- The Daniel Boone field hockey team is extremely young and consequently, picked by many in Berks County to finish last in Division II.

But that prediction is just fine with the Blazers, who definitely expect to surprise a team or two before too long. And the Boone squad certainly showed the potential to do that in Tuesday afternoon's 1-0 league-opening loss to visiting Conrad Weiser.

Sam Reitz scored for the Scouts with 7:41 left in the first half. Then the Blazers had a couple of chances to tie the score in the second half, but couldn't manage to knock in the equalizer on the slick field.

"We're pretty happy," said Boone second-year head coach Leslie Wilson. "We're going to get stronger and stronger every day. It's exciting. I'm looking forward to the second time we play teams."

Senior forward Casie Baer also found some bright spots, despite the Division II setback on a dreary day.

"It was still encouraging," she said. "A loss is not something you're happy about, but we're supposed to be rebuilding and they're a playoff team. I think we did really well."

Weiser had the only two shots and the only three penalty corners of the first half, but the Blazers started to pick up some offensive opportunities after the halftime break.

Lindsey Shestok nearly got free for a breakaway, but lost the ball a little bit past midfield, and Tabi Davis was one-on-one against a defender near the cage but was called for a violation early in the second half.

Boone's best chance to score came with about 11 minutes to go when Davis pushed a pass inbounds on a penalty corner to Baer, whose shot missed the right post by only a few inches.

"It happens," said Baer. "We have to work on getting it into the goal. We work together, but we need to know where each other is. They're still learning the little things, but we play pretty well together."

"We are mostly young. They're still doing great out there, the younger girls. They're really picking it up. They've been working so hard in the preseason, mentally and physically."

The youthful Blazers have seven sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup, according to Wilson.

"They played really well against Schuykill Valley (in a season-opening 2-1 overtime loss) and they really want to win. Last year we lost six games by a goal."

The Boone coach expects her inexperienced players to start scoring more goals before too long.

"Once the floodgates open," she said. "It's a little bit of gelling as a team. "We're just a very, very coachable team, very moldable. I think we're going to surprise some people."


The Blazers picked up three corners in the second half, but still trailed by 10-3 count in that category for the game. ... Boone goalie Arielle Schoenlein and Weiser counterpart Erin Terresen each had two saves. Weiser had a 3-2 edge in shots on goal.

3The Mercury 2006

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