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October 23, 2012

Port field hockey team inspired by coach

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Newburyport maintained its position in the CAL last night thanks to goals by McCauley and Eliza Filipancic. McCauley scored late in the first half off of a short corner.

“The first goal was unfortunate,” Pentucket coach Ruth Beaton said. “I thought she was out of the circle, but the official said it was tipped in. I knew we were capable of playing with them. I didn’t feel it was a 2-0 game. The score didn’t reflect how competitive it was. We played with confidence in the second half.”

Pentucket controlled play for the majority of the second half, applying constant pressure on the Newburyport defensive end. Filipancic’s goal came with only 10 seconds remaining in the game.

“I felt we all came together on the defensive side,” Newburyport goalie Kendra Dow said. “We wanted to push through everything and make sure there were no mistakes. There was a ton of pressure being up by one goal, but we had to fight through and win this for us, our coach, and the cancer survivors.”

Both teams wore pink socks in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Newburyport also wore pink jerseys. The teams released pink balloons into the sky at the conclusion of the game.

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