AUBURN, Mass. – The good times keep on rolling for the Auburn High School field hockey squad.
It’s always a good sign when the word “shutout” is showing up in every article about the team, which tallied its 10th shutout of the 11-game season on Thursday. The Rockets offense maintained possession for an overwhelming majority of the game, as the team controlled Oxford, 5-0, at Auburn High School on a dreary fall day.
“They gave us a very good game,” said head coach Bethann Cormier. “They were right on us every time we had possession, hustling, so Oxford did a really nice job.
“It was nice to see our points spread out again,” she added. “The kids say there’s not one superstar out there, there’s a bunch of superstars. I think that’s a good way to look at it.”
It was the 10th shutout for senior goalkeeper Sarah Palace as the team improved to 10-0-1. The Rockets already qualified for the Central Massachusetts district tournament earlier this week.
It took some time for Auburn’s offense to click on Thursday, but when it did, the goals came pouring in all at once. Junior Jackie Matthews started the scoring for Auburn with 5:40 left in the first half. Junior Jaime McNamara dished out the assist.
Then 90 seconds later, sophomore Jordan Lavallee added a goal as McNamara distributed another assist. And 90 seconds after that, Lavallee and McNamara switched roles with McNamara extending the lead to 3-0 before halftime.
Then in the second half, sophomore Tayla Foulkrod joined in with a goal, assisted by Lavallee. And Junior Paige LaPearl tallied the team’s final goal as McNamara dished out her third assist of the day.
While the team has pitched shutout after shutout, Cormier said there is still plenty to work on before the playoffs arrive.
“We need to be a little quicker to the ball, a little more heads up, a little more off-the-ball movement. Those kinds of things we need to work on,” Cormier said.
Auburn Soccer Star Scores Five Goals
Auburn girls soccer senior captain Lizzy Carlson scored an unprecedented five goals in the team’s 5-3 win over Oxford on Thursday.
“I’ve never had a player do that,” head coach Larry Midura said. “It was nice to see. It was a lot of fun to watch.”
The win at Oxford moved the Rockets to 5-0-4, still undefeated on the season.
Kayla Almstrom dished out two assists to Carlson, Emily Sarkisian sent one assist, Erin Scanlon distributed another assist and Jenna Matthews had an assist.