The second loss of the season was the most painful for the No. 4 seeded Foxboro High field hockey team as the Warriors surrendered a pair of first-half goals and ultimately fell 2-0 to No. 5 seeded Cohasset in a Division 2 South quarterfinal game on Sunday.
“It was a combination of things, they were relentless and we struggled, we came out flat,” Foxboro coach Melissa Bordieri said of the Warriors, whose only other loss this season was a one-goal decision to Franklin.
With the defeat, the Warriors conclude their season 13-2-5.
Foxboro was limited offensively throughout the contest. The Warriors finished with merely three second-half penalty corners and had only one shot in the first half.
“I don’t think that we ever turned it around,” Bordieri said of the Warriors’ slow start.
Cohasset scored both first-half goals off deflections on penalty corners.
“They played the field well, they did a really good job of shutting us down. They controlled the ball really well and defensively they were strong,” Bordieri said.
It marks the second straight year Cohasset had eliminated Foxboro from the MIAA Tournament including a 3-2 triple-overtime loss in the quarterfinal round last year.
E The loss to Cohasset followed a MIAA Tournament win over No. 20 Seekonk on Friday as the Warriors scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to run away with a 5-0 first round verdict.
The Warriors converted three of 12 second-half penalty corners into goals in claiming the win.
Sophomore Kate Collins deposited two balls into the back of the Seekonk net, including the match-winner at 6:22 of the first half, while senior captain Jamie Notarangelo contributed three points with two assists and the third goal the match in the 44th minute.
“It’s execution,” Bordieri said of Foxboro finishing 3-for-22 off of set pieces.
Despite 22 penalty corners and consistent pressure, Foxboro was not rewarded until it scored a pair of goals within a two-minute span early in the second half and another pair of goals within a three-minute span late.
Collins converted Foxboro’s 14th penalty corner of the match at 42 minutes. She took the initial hit off of the line and sent the ball to senior Lauren Foster, who re-directed it back toward the Seekonk goalmouth area where Collins scored from the left post.
On Foxboro’s 15th penalty corner at 44 minutes, a Collins hit to Notarangelo resulted in the Warriors’ third goal.
Seekonk did not have a shot on goal, a penalty corner, nor a possession inside the 20-yard line.
Foxboro continued to push the pace with goals by freshman Mya Waryas (50:45 off a rebound of her sister Ella’s drive) and senior Brooke Connolly (at 53:39, from Notarangelo) finished off the flurry.
“I told them at halftime, 1-0 is not good enough,” Bordieri said. “After the second goal, this is the tournament, it’s anyone’s game on any given day.”
“Two goals, I was not comfortable with. Once they relaxed, we played much better. We needed a sense of urgency.”