Saturday, March 8, 2014
A few extra notes from the Mt. View-Nokomis field hockey game on Tuesday, won 3-1 by Nokomis in Newport:
• Nokomis was coming off a 1-0 loss to defending state champion Belfast on Friday. Belfast has possibly the best goalie in the state in Julia Ward, and the Lions won despite being out-shot by Nokomis.
That’s why this win, and the way they did it, was important for the Warriors. Nokomis lost 49 goals when Leah Edmondson and Marissa Shaw graduated, so offense is a key this fall.
“The only other game we had to compare this to was our Belfast game, and when you play an outstanding goalie like that, it’s hard to know if it’s your forwards or the awesome goalie,” Nokomis coach Katie Thompson said. “So it’s nice to know that our forwards were able to capitalize a little bit on the rebounds that they had.”
“After losing to Belfast, we knew we needed a game like this, just to come back from that,” Nokomis midfielder Taylor Lovley said. “We knew Mt. View was going to be worth some points at the end of the season. Right now, it doesn’t affect us, but by the end of the season, we’ll need those points. So it was definitely a big win today.”
• Nokomis has seven newcomers on the roster, and Thompson said in preseason it was a matter of getting them repetition. She’s pleased with what she’s seen from them so far.
“I think they’re coming along really well,” Thompson said. “I’ve been trying to get a lot of the younger players in, just to see who fits where, and who has the speed we need, who has the stickwork. We’re not really quite there yet with a solid 11, but we’re working on it.
“I think we have some really decent subs in off the bench. I feel good about that, and I think the younger kids will get there. They’re starting to gain confidence, and they’re starting to work really well with the people around them.”
• Nokomis has a new assistant coach this season: Kristy Veazie, who coached Dexter to the Eastern C title game last fall but resigned just before preseason this year. Thompson said Veazie has been with the Warriors for about a week.
“Obviously, Kristy was an outstanding scorer when she was in high school,” Thompson said. “We’ve been trying to use her as our scoring expert to the best of our ability.”
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine