Garrison Forest field hockey coach Traci Davis used her halftime speech to remind her team of a few objectives before resuming play against Notre Dame Prep.
"She told us we were playing slow, and we needed to step it up," junior Bayly Jarrett said. "We needed to play as a team, and cut to the ball better."
The talk must have worked , as the top-ranked Grizzlies (3-0, 2-0) scored 1:08 into the second half to break a scoreless tie and go on to defeat No. 8 Notre Dame Prep 2-0, in a Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game. Jarrett scored both goals to lead Garrison Forest.
"We came out and moved the ball better in the second half," said Geagy Pritchard, who assisted on the first goal. "I shot the ball, and the goalie got a touch on it, but Bayly was in the right spot at the right time, as usual."
NDP (1-1, 1-1) put some pressure on goalie Kendall Kuntz, but Garrison Forest still controlled the run of play. The Grizzlies had several opportunities, but finally cashed in on a corner 12:32 into the second half.
"It was really a routine corner," Jarrett said. "I was on the left side [of the circle], and Claire [Forbes] put it right on my stick and I put it on the goal and it went in."
Pritchard says that she sees the team starting to come together after a fast start.
"It's really exciting," said Pritchard. "We all feel real good about how we are playing."
The Grizzlies, who are the two-time defending A Conference champions, hope they are starting to hit their stride. Davis says that beating a quality opponent like NDP early in the year is important for her team.
"They were our toughest opponent so far, and I feel good about how we played," said Davis. "They have a strong, athletic, aggressive team, and they played well, too. In the A conference this year, we see everybody twice, so we'll see them again. We always have things to work on, like meeting the ball and our spacing. We just need to keep taking it one game at a time."
Garrison Forest 2, Notre Dame Prep 0
Goals: GF – Jarrett. Assists: GF – Pritchard, Forbes. Saves: NDP – Bridges 5, Benson 3; GF – Kuntz 4. Half: 0-0.