WILKES-BARRE — It was just the start the Mohawks were looking for.
Meyers scored on its first shot and didn’t look back in a 4-0 victory over Berwick in WVC field hockey Tuesday.
“A sigh of relief,” first-year Meyers coach Allison Banks said of getting a quick lead. “You know your team is up and pushing hard. You get that goal and you want them to keep it up.”
The game was just 58 seconds old when Bri DiMaggio set up Michelle Chavez for a shot from the right wing that opened the scoring. It was the perfect spark in a battle of two unbeaten teams in divisional play early in the season.
It was also the goal that allowed the Mohawks (2-0 in WVC Division 2) to continue an unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs that goes back to when the current players were in elementary school.
It wasn’t Berwick’s day, but that was set before the team bus arrived in the city. Bulldogs (2-1) players are battling a bug, which combined with the sudden onset of summer weather, sapped much of the energy that was evident in wins over Elk Lake and GAR in the season’s first week.
“Our girls were just not into it,” Berwick coach Brandi Bertollo said. “We have a lot of sickness going around. It was unfortunate we’re just riddled with illness right now.”
The Mohawks struggled to solve Berwick keeper Lizzie Dyer despite the advantage on the field. Meyers had nine of the 10 penalty corners called in the first half and generated 10 of the game’s first 13 shots.
Finally, on a corner as time expired in the half, Sydney Rentsch delivered a blast off the injection pass from Allison Berman to give Meyers a two-goal edge.
“A goal like that is just momentum — so much momentum entering the second half,” Banks said. “You’re up 2-0 at the half. You can play defense. Everyone gets a lift from it.”
Berman tipped a shot by Rentsch five minutes into the second half for the Mohawks’ third goal. And DiMaggio added a marker with a running drive that skipped under Dyer as she came sliding out of the cage to challenge the shot.
Meanwhile, Berwick did its best to regroup at halftime. Allie Katsock and Kylene Welsh had good chances on corners turned aside. Alexis Steeber tipped a drive by Mady Readler just wide and Kasey Rood had two shots from in front stuffed by Meyers keeper Sabrina Robertson, who finished with four saves.
“This is going to be a team to be reckoned with,” Bertollo said. “But you have to give credit to Meyers. They played phenomenally. You can’t take anything away from how well they played.”
At one point during the balmy second half, Berwick had eight players at midfield waiting to enter play as both teams substituted liberally.
Meyers 4, Berwick 0
First half — 1. MEY, Michelle Chavez (Bri DiMaggio), 29:02; 2. MEY, Sydney Rentsch, :00. Second half — 3. MEY, Allison Berman, 24:48; 4. MEY, DiMaggio, 11:03.
Shots — BER 6; MEY 19. Saves — BER 13 (Lizzie Dyer); MEY 4 (Sabrina Robertson 4, Cameron Robertson 0). Defensive save: MEY, Barbara Guirin. Penalty corners — BER 4; MEY 15.
Pittston Area 3, Hanover Area 1
The Patriots remained unbeaten in Division 2 play behind two goals and an assist by Dana Maurizi. Alana Platukus added the game-winning goal late in the first half.
Marissa Keegan scored for the Hawkeyes to spoil the shutout.
Tunkhannock 3, GAR 2, OT
Maggie Johns scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Tunkhannock to a victory over GAR.
Haley Toczko and Kailey Reposa added a goal and an assist apiece for Tunkhannock in the victory.
Brea Seabrook and Kristen Drozda led GAR, each recording a goal and an assist in the loss.
Pittston Area 3, Hanover Area 1
First half — 1. PIT, Dana Maurizi (Emily Herron), 7:56; 2. PIT, Alana Platukus (Maurizi), 6:18. Second half — 3. PIT, Maurizi, 21:39; 4. HAN, Marissa Keegan, 3:36.
Shots — HAN 6; PIT 18. Saves — HAN 11 (Haylee Bobos, Regina Deno); PIT 5 (Lea Garibaldi 3, Liz Baiera 2). Penalty corners — HAN 5; PIT 9.
Tunkhannock 3, GAR 2
First half — 1. TUNK, Kailey Reposa (Haley Toczko), 4:48. Second half — 2. GAR, Kristen Drozda (Brea Seabrook), 29:12; 3. TUNK, Toczko (Reposa), 16:26; 4. GAR, Seabrook (Drozda), 11:27. Overtime — 5. TUNK, Maggie Johns, 4:59.
Shots – TUNK 14, GAR 10 Saves — TUNK 7 (Mary Sickler); GAR 8 (Brittany Vital). Penalty corners — TUNK 13; GAR 6.