BROCKWAY — The scoreboard may not reflect it, but the Lady Chucks turned in an impressive performance Thursday night at Brockway, according to Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes.
The Lady Chucks fell to the Lady Rovers 4-0, but Hughes said he was impressed with the way his team responded, especially given the fact that they were playing on Brockway's home turf—literally.
Brockway plays on field turf, which often allows for a faster game, and Hughes said he was glad to see his team pick up the pace and contend with the older Lady Rovers.
"They're pretty well stacked with seniors, and we didn't go in intimidated," Hughes said. "We were out-played, but we showed some excellent play, as well. Their coach noticed some improvements, and they expected to beat us up on the turf, but we were able to execute pretty well."
Punxsy keeper Aly Dickey allowed four goals, but Hughes said all the shots were difficult to stop, and he saw marked improvement in his goaltender.
"Aly Dickey was awesome in the net tonight," he said. "She allowed four goals, but she just keeps getting better. She's learning when to come out of the net, and her hands are just great.
"It's difficult to stop a goal that's right in front, and all their scores were inside the 18-yard mark. They were all close, and I don't believe they scored on any corners, so that's a good thing for us, too."
Hughes said the Lady Chucks were out-powered by Brockway's two best players: Juli Esposito, who scored the Lady Rovers' first two goals, and Amanda Lindemuth, who scored the last two, but he also noted that his team notched ten shots on goal, including five from senior Sierra Milton.
Emily Horner, Sydney Dubensky and Karah Hollis each recorded shots for the Lady Chucks Thursday, as well.
"They came out to play tonight," Hughes said. "They have their two primary scorers who are just tough for us to cover."
Perhaps the best news for Hughes was that his underclass players were able to step in and put in quality minutes.
"If we'd have been a bit more patient early, it might have been a better outcome, but I still have a pretty young team," he said. "After tonight, I feel more confident about where we're going, though. The younger players are stepping in and playing well."
Hughes did note that there is one area that in which his team needs continued improvement: Long kicks.
The Lady Chucks have struggled to clear their own zone this season, allowing other teams to possess the zone.
Hughes said Punxsy did well in that area Thursday night, but it is still an area they hope to continue to improve.
The Lady Chucks travel to St. Marys Monday for a 4 p.m. contest with the Lady Dutch before returning home Tuesday night to play Redbank Valley. Punxsy's seniors will be honored at Tuesday night's game.