If good things happen to those who crash the next, then great things were happening to the Foxboro field hockey team against the Stoughton Black Knights. After a tightly contested first half, four unanswered goals in the second half created off of rebounds and crashing the net turned a 2-1 game at halftime into a five goal win for the Warriors.
“When they finally started to get in front of the net, sticks down, and down and ready for the rebound we saw either a goal off it or we were creating opportunities with corners,” Foxboro head coach Melissa Bordieri said.
With the 6-1 win, the Warriors are now 4-1-1 and move into second place behind Oliver Ames in the Davenport Division.
With Foxboro earning a short corner early in the game, Lindsay Venuto opened off scoring for the Warriors, banging in Jackie Touzos’ shot from the top of the circle with 25:05 left in the half.
Anna Russell quickly tied up the score five minutes later but the Warriors responded with 10:35 with a rebound goal from Rachel McLaughlin.
A hat trick from Callie Santos put the game out of reach for Stoughton who struggled to get the ball away from their defensive zone for most of the second half.
“We were a bit relaxed in the first half and we definitely buttoned it up in the second,” Bordieri said. “We started to realize that and kept putting the pressure on and making opportunities and taking the time to focus on our passing and being smarter with the ball.”
Santos’ first goal game with 26:32 remaining on the clock after a bad clear by Stoughton near the net left her space to sweep in a quick goal. The junior came up big on the rebound again with 21:04 left to play when Morgan Ames’ pass to Santos off the rebound found the back of the net.
The hat trick was completed with snipe from the left with 8:13 left to play.
Mary Beth Sweeney added to the Warriors goal total with an unassisted shot with 25 seconds left in the game.
Foxboro hosts Milford on Sept. 24.