Holmdel: This past weekend, the Shore Regional girls Field Hockey Team met up with Freehold Boro for the third time in four years at the NJSIAA Shore Conference Championship game at Holmdel High School.
From the onset it was clear that Freehold was playing very tentative. The inability to maintain layers of defense gave Shore opportunity after opportunity to move the ball deep within the Freehold zone. For the first eight minutes of play Shore moved the ball well, but did not find the back of the net until Carol Middough blasted a shot from the arc.
Up one nothing, Shore kept pressing forward deep in to Freehold’s zone. Flustered, Boro could not muster much of any offensive pressure. In fact, there were only two instances during the first half that Boro challenged Shore’s lock-down defense.
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With 33 seconds left in the first half, Carol Middough found the back of the net once again. With both velocity and force, Carol’s shot deflated any hopes that Freehold had of winning the contest. Try as they may, and they did, Freehold’s supporters were quelled by the 2-0 score at the half. However, that did not stop them from trying to change the outcome
Much like the first half, Shore continued to run Freehold deep into their zone. Grace Santi scored the next two Shore goals, giving the Blue Devils’ a commanding 4-0 lead with less than 6 minutes to play.
Though the game was out of reach, Carol managed to put another mush goal in the net as Shore went on to win 5-0.
After a brief on-field celebration, the team collected themselves to take in the moment. Though they just won another championship, the team realized that they needed to focus on recovery and preparation for the State Tournament which starts early this week.
It should also be noted that Carol Middough is now the all-time leading scorer in Shore's history. Though this is an individual achievement, her point totals could not have come without her willingness to be part of a winning system.