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The first thing a field hockey opponent will notice this year is the new field they will play on this season at Huntingtown High School.

The Hurricanes put that field to good use on their own behalf, walking away with the 2-0 victory over Northern, a change of the tides from last year’s 3-2 overtime regular season loss.

“We have this nice, new field this year which makes it nice,” Huntingtown head coach Shannon Persetic said. “Yes, its changed the speed of the game a bit and the girls are well conditioned because of it.”

There was no score at halftime in the defensive battle. With 15 minutes and 24 seconds left to play in the second half, Huntingtown’s Jody Hyland found the back of the goal, getting past Northern freshman goalie Sophie Thon.

Huntingtown’s passing and conditioning were key for the win, Persetic said.

“They did a nice job passing today and playing team ball and that’s what we teach.” Persetic said.

Huntingtown controlled possession for the final seven minutes with seven consecutive penalty corners. Hannah Fowler added an insurance goal with just 1:16 left in regulation.

“Jody passed the ball down to me and I took the open shot,” Fowler said.

Fowler and Hyland both praised their goalie, Taylor Rhoads, as well as up-and-coming player Annalise Thole, who kept the wing position under control for the hosts. Thole said she was pulled up to varsity at the end of her freshman year and is really enjoying the season.

“You can’t teach that, that’s natural talent,” Persetic said of Thole’s ability as a sophomore. “She’s even playing today with an injury, she’s not at 100 percent … but I’m real proud of them and the way they held on today. They’re a good group of girls and they’re doing everything we’re asking them to do.”

Northern junior forward Becca Schneider played strong for the visitors and hustled from start to finish, while Thon made six saves in the loss. Senior forward Julie Keleti also played a phenomenal game for the Patriots and showed a lot of character and leadership on the field.

Huntingtown plays at Thomas Stone at 4 p.m. today and will host Leonardtown at 4 p.m. Monday. Northern hosted La Plata on Thursday, which ended too late for inclusion into this edition and will be at Patuxent at 6 p.m. Monday.

“I don’t even know what to say. I’m at a loss for words,” Northern head coach Nicole Kerfoot said. “We just played lazy. They didn’t play the way they’re capable of.”

Patuxent takes Mojo4Grace tourney

On Saturday, Patuxent hosted its annual Mojo4Grace tournament and this year invited Calvert, Northern and St. Mary’s Ryken.

Patuxent head coach Lynn Powell is inspiring the community to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research after her longtime high school friends Megan and Kevin Ward’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

“We had such a successful tournament and everyone was wearing Mojo4Grace T-shirts, from the teams to the parents. I am in awe of the generosity and kindness of this area.” Powell said.

The tournament raised over $1,000 for the family and experimental treatments.

In opening-round play, Patuxent defeated Calvert 4-0 and Ryken beat Northern 2-1 in penalty strokes. Northern took home a 2-1 win over Calvert in the consolation game and the Panthers captured a close 1-0 win over Ryken to win the championship game.

“I watched Calvert and Patuxent sitting together; watched Ryken and Northern go to strokes and in competition we don't always see teams come together,” Powell said, “but this tournament was about so much more. What an awesome day.”

tshowalter@somdnews.com

Huntingtown 2, Northern 0

Northern 0 0

Huntingtown 0 2

Goals: Huntingtown (Hyland, Fowler)

Saves: Northern (Thon 6); Huntingtown (Rhoads 2)