"We need a win tonight," said Belmont High School Field Hockey Head Coach Jessica Smith before the match between her Marauders and the visiting Tanners from Woburn High on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
She said a victory would give Belmont a five win, two loss record "and that's a lot better than 4-3," quipped Smith, as her young team attempted to keep their general overall good play continue.
Smith didn't have to wait long to see how the team would respond as her freshman phenom broke out in a big way against Woburn.
Frosh forward Annemarie Habelow scored four of Belmont's five goals as the Marauders tallied three times in the first 10 minutes to defeat Woburn, 5-1, and move to 5-2-0 in the Middlesex League's Liberty Division.
"Habelow is getting into the right position to make the scoring shot," said Smith.
The freshman scored three minutes into the game from in close and at nine minutes by taking the ball away from Woburn defenders before striking from about eight meters out.
While Hebelow's performance was impressive, she didn't have the prettiest. Forward Beth Young received a long centering pass from senior defender Kendall Brown, spun around away from her Tanner defender and rocketed a ball into the Woburn net to give Belmont a 2-0 lead.
With 11 games remaining in the season, Belmont is only four wins away from making into the playoffs, a position that Smith likes being in.
Next up for Belmont is an away game Thursday at Bedford, which the team defeated 8-0 earlier in the season, before having a difficult test on Friday where they will meet Lexington which many consider a better team than Watertown, a four-time state champion.