Jocelyn Bodmer and Allie Greene just have one of those teammate things.
“We just always know where each other are,” Bodmer said.
It was evident on Saturday morning as Poolesville High School’s field hockey team shut out Col. Zadok Magruder 9-0, utilizing three assists and invaluable ball control from Bodmer and a hat-trick from Greene.
“You come in every season and you gotta find the right way to work with the team to mesh them together,” said Poolesville coach Regina Grubb, who led the Falcons to a state final berth last season. “We looked good.”
It took a little more than 12 minutes for Greene to score Poolesville’s first goal, but once she broke the ice the Falcons began pouring them in. A little more than four minutes after she slapped in her first of three goals off of a penalty corner, Greene raked in a pretty Bodmer cross and found the left side of the goal again.
Two minutes later Bodmer had the offense rolling full steam ahead downfield and sent in another ball that slipped through the defense and precariously in front of Magruder goalie Conni Dykes. Poolesville’s Kelsey Carnahan punched it past Dykes to extend the lead to three.
“Everyone needs a playmaker,” Greene said. “Jocelyn is ours.”
Greene nearly added her third goal of the game off of Poolesville’s ninth penalty corner of the half, coming with 5 minutes, 5 seconds remaining, but Dykes deflected her shot directly into the waiting stick of sophomore forward Anna Murgia, who corralled it and tucked it into the left corner.
Sarah Onderko added the final touch of the first half onslaught for the Falcons, controlling a wildly bounding ball that dodged the last few Magruder defenders to leave just her and Dykes. She pushed it into the bottom right side of the goal, allowing Poolesville to finish the first half with a 5-0 lead.
“It felt good, we were working so hard. We knew if we kept pushing we would get more and we did,” Greene said. “I think on my first goal we all heard the sound of it hitting the goal and we wanted to hear it again.”
The beginning of the second half was just the same song, different verse for the Falcons. It took less than eight minutes for Onderko to add two more goals, making it three straight to cap off a hat-trick, and Greene added yet another off an assist from Carnahan.
“Allie has a lot of potential to be a goal scorer,” Grubb said. “She gets herself in very good position to score and has great hand-eye coordination and has an eye for the goal. You can’t teach that.”
Magruder’s first and only shot on goal came a little more than 40 minutes into the contest after Yancie Deshayers blew past the Falcons’ defense. Three consecutive Colonel penalty corners ensued and they kept the ball pressed on the Poolesville half for about an eight-minute stretch, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances.
“It’s a building year,” said Magruder coach Janet Blumer, who made her head coaching debut after stepping in for longtime coach Kathleen Mulholland. “We’ll try taking the positives out of this game. A lot of players have to play the whole game and I was very impressed with their endurance.”
Poolesville 9, Magruder 0
Poolesville (1-0) 5 4 — 9
Magruder (0-1) 0 0 — 0
Poolesville — Allie Greene (3), Sarah Onderko (3), Anna Murgia (2), Kelsey Carnahan.
Poolesville — Jocelyn Bodmer (3), Kelsey Carnahan (2)