Lady Bills roll past Ichabod Crane, 8-0

Johnstown's Sarah Pratt, right, dribbles past Ichabod Crane's Maddie Reynolds (10) during Tuesday's non-league field hockey game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — The new season got off to a good start for the Johnstown field hockey team.

The Lady Bills scored four goals in each half on their way to an 8-0 victory over Ichabod Crane in a non-league contest at Knox Field on Tuesday.

“It was a good start to the season,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said.

Taryn Ringer scored three goals for the Lady Bills, who had six different players score. Molly Lake, Kalena Eaton, Maddie Etherton, Emma Fiore and Rachel Lee also scored for Johnstown.

Lake opened the scoring for Johnstown just 2:25 into the game, sending a shot off Ichabod Crane goalie Caroline White’s pads and into the cage.

Ringer scored the next three goals for the Lady Bills, netting the first on an assist from Emily Fleming on a penalty corner with 16:42 left in the first half.

Ringer scored the next two goals unassisted with 5:06 and 4:42 left in the first half to make it 4-0 at the break.

“In the first half, we were a little frantic,” Krempa said. “Every time we got the ball, we were a little jumpy.”

Johnstown started quickly in the second half, getting a goal from Eaton on an assist from Haley Case just 56 seconds into the half to make it 5-0.

Etherton extended the lead to 6-0 with 26:26 to play with an unassisted goal, while Fiore also scored an unassisted goal with 14:03 remaining.

Lee closed out the scoring with 1:35 to play on an assist from Meghan Mraz to make the final score, 8-0.

“We did a better job in the second half, “ Krempa said. “We were able to play everyone and see people in different spots. That will help us later in the season.”

Abby VanValkenburgh didn’t need to make a save to earn the shutout in goal for Johnstown, which outshot the Riders by a 37-1 margin. The Lady Bills also finished with a 16-3 advantage in penalty corners.

White made 23 saves for Ichabod Crane (0-1 overall).

Johnstown (1-0 overall) is scheduled to host Salem-Cambridge in a non-league contest at Knox Field on Thursday at 10 a.m.

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