“Offensively, every possession (in the second half) we were finishing,” said Marblehead coach Annie Pugh. “We were down 3-0 in the first half because we were holding back.”
The Tigers, meanwhile, had a game plan and executed it to perfection early in the first half. They were patient and kept everything in front of them, forcing Marblehead to beat the home team with standout, individual plays.
“We came out strong defensively. We were ready to play,” said Linehan. “Pressure, cover and balance: pressure the ball, cover the pass and balance everywhere else.”
O’Flynn (3 goals) and Natalie Soliozy (2 goals, 4 assists) were phenomenal all game and worked the two-player game in the second half effectively. Both are seniors who have seen their chemistry grow over the past four years.
“They can read each others next steps without communicating,” said Linehan. “They have trust and confidence in each other and can connect anywhere on the field.”
One of the Magicians’ best players was Cassie Rodgers, whose work on groundballs off the faceoff allowed Marblehead to mount its second half comeback.
“Cassie is one of our captains and is a groundball queen,” said Pugh, who also talked about the strong Ipswich squad her Magicians faced yesterday. “They’re a talented team. It would be nice to see them again in the tournament.”