By Greg Phipps
Falling behind 2-0, the Peabody field hockey team battled back to earn a 2-2 tie against Malden on Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The 2018 Tanners are still looking for their inaugural victory of the season.
First-year head coach Tawny Palmieri was pleased for the most part with her team’s effort but was a little disappointed with having to settle for the deadlock against a weaker opponent. “I think we took them a little too lightly at first. The girls played hard but nothing is a sure win no matter who you’re playing,” she said. “Right now, we can’t seem to find the net. We had a lot of good chances today but couldn’t score. I think that will change as the year goes on and the girls get more aggressive on offense and get more hungry for that tip-in [score].”
Sophie Izzo rapped home both Peabody goals. The first came with 9:37 left in the first period to bring the hosts within 2-1. The Tanners evened it just about three minutes into the second half when Izzo stuffed one home off a scramble in front of the Malden net. From there, Peabody pressured the Malden end most of the half but couldn’t come up with the go-ahead tally.
Malden had a couple of good chances as well, but Peabody goalie Sydney Branga was able to turn away those bids.
Having to play mostly in the defensive end through their first few games against top opposition, such as Beverly and Lynnfield, the Tanners had an opportunity to gain more experience in the offensive zone on Monday. “I thought we dominated possession, especially in the second half. That’s a good sign,” Palmieri said of her 0-3-1 squad. “We’ll get there. It’s just going to take some time.”