By Greg Phipps
Two field hockey programs that are in the midst of a rebuilding phase squared off last Thursday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peabody. And it was the Saugus Sachems who were able to come away with a 3-0 win over the Peabody Tanners.
The Sachems went ahead 1-0 in the first half and followed that up with two second-half tallies, while the host Tanners manufactured several good scoring chances but couldn’t collect a goal.
“It was nice to see our players move and pass the ball the way we did today, side-to-side and down the lane. We haven’t done that much this season,” said Saugus head coach Barbara Guarente after the game. “It’s a good win for us. We’ve been able to play a lot in the offensive zone this year, but we’ve been unable to score, so this was big for us to score some goals today.”
Peabody got a strong effort from goalie Sydney Branga, who made several challenging saves to keep the Tanners close. “She’s a sophomore and we have a lot to look forward to with her in the net,” said Peabody head coach Tawny Palmieri. “Even against the teams that scored a lot of goals against us, she’s had to stop a lot of shots.”
Palmieri thought her squad competed on even ground with the Sachems. “It was a pretty even game. Turns out that some of their shots went in, and ours didn’t. We’ll just keep working hard and developing as a program,” she said.