Saints repeatedly find the back of the net in Aberdeen
On Wednesday, Saints Women’s 1A travelled to Aberdeen.
The match had a tight start with the first goal from Amelia Fletcher closely followed by one from Aberdeen. However Saints quickly began to pull away with a triple whammy of goals from captain Brynn Walsh. Two goals from Caitlin Boyne, one from Rylan Scott and a strong defence from the Saints took the score to 8-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started strong with goals from Maya Weerasinghe and another triple whammy from Brynn. Aberdeen scored, providing a short interlude to Brynn’s scoring, but she quickly scored another as did Caitlin. Another three from Caitlin and two from Brynn took the score to 19-6 to the Saints at the half.
Despite playing in field, Rylan transferred her goalie skills over with many incredible steals and a goal. This excellent defence and some great blocks by goalie Maya Srinivasan paired with goals from Amelia F and Maya W made the score 23-6 at the end of the third.
St Andrews sealed the deal with some amazing gameplay in the final quarter. Goalie Kiki Szemraj scored her debut goal as a field player within the first minute. Amelia F scored three goals in quick succession and Captain Brynn summed up the game very well scoring her 11th goal of the match in the final 15 seconds. The game ended with a score of 27-7 to St Andrews, and Coach Alison was very happy, saying that every player played incredibly.
Saints were: Maya Srinivasan, Amelia Fletcher, Maya Weerasinghe, Amelia Downs, Caitlin Boyne, Brynn Walsh, Rylan Scott and Kiki Szemraj.
Meanwhile, the premier team just missed out on a win in a thriller match.
Saints long unbeaten run stretching back more than 18 months was finally ended in dramatic fashion as Durham scored the winning goal of tightly fought contest in the last second of the game. It was the second time Saints had played Durham this season and after a close 9-6 victory on the road Saints knew this return match would be a real challenge. Saints however could not have predicted the way the match would turn out as solid start and a 3-1 lead at the end of the opening period gave Saints the earlt advantage. At the start of the second period however the influential Sarah Kreiser picked up her 3rd exclusion and was to take no further part in the game. Saints held a 4-3 halftime lead with goals from Ruby Versfeld and Lauren Charter and also thanks to Bailey Meyer who made 8 first half saves in the Saints goal.
Durham edged ahead 6-5 at the end of the third period before a dramatic last period that saw meg Hedrick tie the game up at 8-8 with a fantastic counter attack goal with just 11 second left in the game. Durham were not done though and after a time and under the new rules their goalkeeper scored a winner in the final second of the contest. Congratulations to Durham, but Saints are still on course to win the Premier League should they close out the four remaining games with victories. Its all to play for.
Saints were: Bailey Meyer, Sarah Kreiser, Bekah Kaufman, Kate Mackie, Ruby Versfeld,Meg Hedrick, Caitlin Donnelly, Lauren Charter & Aithne Lawrence.