Published: Sep 04, 2012 01:02 PM
Modified: Sep 04, 2012 01:03 PM
CARY - East Chapel Hill, the defending state champion in field hockey, is off to another good start in 2012.
The Wildcats have won five straight games — four before classes convened at East Chapel Hill.
“I am looking forward to a great season where we continue to work hard and play our best,” said Wildcat coach Susan Taylor, a 2002 East Chapel Hill grad who’s led the team to four straight state championships.
Last weekend at Cary Academy, East Chapel Hill won four matches, three by shutout, to win the Play 4 The Cure high school tournament. The Wildcats outscored their four opponents by a 17-1 margin.
East shut out Carrboro 3-0 in the tournament’s championship final, getting goals from Sydney Holman, Marissa Creatore and Sarah Towne. Towne also assisted on two goals and Rebecca Halter had one assist.
Cary Academy hosted the tournament for a fourth straight year to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. But with the success reaching new heights and teams put on a wait list with a 12-team format, Chargers coach Colleen Cassada said she would like the tournament to expand to other venues.
“Unfortunately, we can’t go past the 12-team format because we don’t have the field space,” Chargers coach Colleen Cassada said. “Eventually we would love to see a bigger facility like WakeMed Soccer Park (be able) to step up and help out. But we’re also limited in the amount of officials that we have because the sport is still growing.
“As the sport continues to grow, hopefully the tournament will as well.”
The Play 4 the Cure Foundation is a nonprofit organization that brings money in from field hockey tournaments and filters the profits back up to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
This year’s tournament raised $1,107.60, down from $1,947 the year before.
East’s scoring in the tournament was led by Sydney Holman, with five goals and five assists in four games. Marissa Creatore had four goals with one assist.
Sarah Towne had one goal and assisted on four others. Rebecca Halter had two goals and two assists, and Fiona Nelson scored two goals and had one assist.
Cassie Watters, Bailey DeMuth and Kelsi Cornell each scored one goal, while
Marina Jones and Rachel Cohn each had one assist.
East Chapel Hill extended its win steak with an 8-0 blowout Tuesday of Mount Tabor. Holman again led the scoring with two goals; Cornell, DeMuth, Creatore, Holly Dew, Sofia Bossut and Elianna Goldstein each scored once.
East also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game with Mount Tabor by an 8-0 score, led by two goals from Addie Agatucci.R. Cory Smith contributed to this report
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