NEWBURYPORT – The hot weather Wednesday did not cool off the scoring of Pentucket senior field hockey captain Meghan Bean. Her hat trick accounted all of the scoring in the Sachems’ 3-0 road win over Newburyport.
“She’s just a little powerhouse,” said Pentucket coach Ruth Beaton of the Stonehill College commit. “She’s got a great shot, and a quick release. She’s skilled. Field hockey is her passion.”
Due to the high temperatures at game time, the coaches and officials came together to decide upon 15 minute quarters to give players additional breaks. The game started off evenly, with both Newburyport’s Isabel Hulse and Pentucket’s Bean having quality opportunities early. Newburyport goaltender Gabbie Taynor had to make a quick save in the closing seconds of the first quarter to keep the game scoreless.
Bean struck first two and a half minutes into the second quarter, with a speedy shot that just snuck through to get the Sachems on the board. The goal got Newburyport down, and they struggled with communicating through the remainder of the half.
“I think something we needed to work on is communication as a whole,” said Clippers junior forward Callie Beauparlant. “It was really difficult with the heat. Communication is a huge part of field hockey, and I think that was tough today.”
After talking out their game plan at the half, Newburyport game out of halftime renewed. They had great spark off the opening faceoff, with great midfield work by Shannan Brennan. Pentucket goalie Charlene Basque was on her toes and made a stellar save on a Beauparlant shot to stop the momentum.
On Pentucket’s next possession, Alyese Ferreira, who had been playing a great defensive game for the Clippers, made a block that injured her knee, forcing her to the sidelines. That fired up Newburyport even more, and Beauparlant powered her way to three more prime opportunities that the Sachems denied.
Great midfield work by Liv Reagan set up another Pentucket opportunity that culminated in a feed from Meg Freiermuth to Bean for the Sachems’ second goal, with 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Reagan continued show grit and drive as she contributed all over the field to hold the Clippers at bay. Newburyport had two penalty strokes in the fourth quarter, but could not convert on either. With time running out, Bean struck for the third time, taking a pass from Erin Flaherty and scooting it for an opposite side goal with 3:54 remaining.
Both goalies played great game despite being the players most impacted by the heat, with Taynor making seven saves for the Clippers and Basque finishing with four for the Sachems.
“I think at the end they all looked like they were on their last leg,” said Pentucket’s Beaton. “We played gritty and we played until the end, and that is all that I could ask of them. They played here to win, they didn’t play here not to lose.”
Pentucket (2-0-1) is at Manchester Essex on Friday at 3:45 p.m., while Newburyport (1-2) is off until next Tuesday when they host Manchester Essex.
Pentucket 3, Newburyport 0
Goals: P — Meghan Bean 3; N — None
Assists: P — Meg Freiermuth, Erin Flaherty; N — None
Saves: P — Charlene Basque 4; N — Gabbie Taynor 7
Pentucket (2-0-1): 1 2 — 3
Newburyport (1-2): 0 0 — 0