Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Junior Olivia Ayres scored the first three goals of the game to lead Tioga to its first win of the season, a 4-2 decision over Owego here Tuesday afternoon in Section IV field hockey action.
This win was hard-fought and came the day after playing last year’s Class A state champions — Maine Endwell,” said Tioga first-year coach Jodi Riggs. “The girls kept their heads up and set their goals high.
“We not only met our goals today but surpassed them,” she noted. “Our captains have changed with each game played and were chosen based on commitment level, positivity, team motivation and overall ability.
“I’m so proud of the leadership that has arose from our three-game struggle for a win, as well as
the entire team hustle,” she added.
Ayres scored the game’s first goal with 11:03 remaining in the first half, then scored again 99 seconds later to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead, which they carried into the halftime intermission.
Ayres completed her hat trick 11 1/2 minutes into the second half to put Tioga up 3-0.
Shelby Retorto, off an assist from Ayres, scored Tioga’s final goal of the game.
Megan Evans and Cheyanne Rummel Owego’s goals.
“Our rookies are performing at levels I did not expect to see yet, and our desire to score today overruled any doubts we may have shown at yesterday’s game,” said Riggs.
“We are still searching for the right combination of talent and experience as it relates to positioning and endurance, but I believe this team and have since day one,” added Riggs. “I’m beyond proud of the level of play I witnessed today. It’s an honor to be on the sidelines for me this season.”
Tioga outshot Owego 17-11, while the Lady Indians had a 16-7 edge in penalty corners.
Tioga’s Kim Tarbox recorded nine saves in the cage for the Lady Tigers.
Tioga, now 1-2, returns to action Thursday when it hosts Marathon.
IN PHOTO: Tioga’s Olivia Ayres.
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