Boiling Springs field hockey rise above Bishop McDevitt’s 4-0 shutout and extend winning streak to 11 games

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The saying goes: “Practice makes perfect.”

The adage rings true for the Boiling Springs field hockey team. In 10 games, the Bubblers chained 10 straight wins, threw 10 shutouts, outscored their opponents by a total of 77-0 and allowed only nine shots on goal.

So when the Bubblers were faced with four defensive corners in the first half against Bishop McDevitt on Wednesday at Ecker Field, blood pressure spiked. But Boiling Springs used their drills in training, with their elite attack pitted against their stalwart defense, and blocked all four shots on goal the Crusaders threw.

Four saves from goaltender Eva Hancock and four goals from Bubbler’s offense pushed Boiling Springs (6-0 Capital) to a 4-0 victory over McDevitt, extending their winning streak and shutout to 11 games. He also broke the Crusaders’ offer for an unbeaten season.

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“I think we train a lot not just leaning on each other…but I think we have so much trust in each other and respect for each other and our skills that we support each other at this stage,” Boiling said. Springs senior midfielder Reagan Eickhoff, who scored twice. “So it’s not just about what we can do on our own, it’s about how we can help each other.”

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The Crusaders (8-1, 3-1) was the toughest test the Bubblers have faced this season as Boiling Springs hadn’t allowed a shot on net in six of their last eight games before the fight. of Wednesday.

Despite McDevitt’s early push, the Bubblers launched their own attack in the direction of the Crusaders. Eickhoff wasted no time getting the hosts on the board, collecting a pass from Reese Hays and firing his shot into the hash in the bottom right of the cage at 9:05 of the first quarter.

The Ohio State commit scored its second goal and time ran out in the second quarter. Eickhoff snuck around the top of the shooting circle on a corner insert, evaded two crossed defenders and received a friendly rebound on her shot as the ball danced between the bars. Sandwiched between the goals were Hancock’s four saves.

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“I’m not going to lie, it’s still very nerve-wracking,” Hancock said with a laugh as he stood in goal. “Every time I see the ball go through the 25, it doesn’t matter who the team is. But it’s just having enough confidence in myself to know that I’ve been doing this for long enough and have great teammates behind me. .

Boiling Springs, after being shut down in the third quarter, landed a pair of haymakers in the fourth to clinch the win. Lexi Hanlin scored first with 6:49 to go, receiving a cross from Genna Bush and sliding her shot past Kalea Ferguson diving into the net. Alex Bandura scored the final score at the end of a clean cornering sequence, with the assist going to Hanlin.

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The Bubblers took 12 corner chances in the win and outscored the Crusaders 8-4.

“I think the most important thing is that they know what they have to lose and they don’t want to lose what they have going for them,” Boiling Springs head coach Kortney said. Showers. “And so just that confidence in every game… they’ve really just learned to keep their cool no matter who they’re up against or how much rest we have.

“They have learned to elevate.”

Christian Eby is a sports reporter for The Sentinel and cumberlink.com. You can contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at: @eby_sports

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