CONWAY — A week into the regular season in Division II and there are just five out of 18 teams still undefeated in field hockey — Kennett High is one of those schools.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 on Friday night with a hard-fought 1-0 victory on the road against Carroll County rival Kingswood on the turf in Wolfeboro.
Kennett, Plymouth, Derryfield, Hanover and Souhegan are all 2-0 on the fall.
“I’m really proud of the girls, they played a tough team and played well,” said Cassie Daley, Eagles’ head coach. “It probably wasn’t our best game but we came out with the win.”
Daley said her troops got off to a slow start.
“I think it took maybe the first seven minutes of the game to adjust turf,” she said, adding, “the only thing we have to kind of prepare for it is the (Peter Ames Gym) floor.”
Junior Kathryn Hawkes put Kennett in front for good with the match-winner just after halftime. The Eagles had three corners in a row, and the third time was indeed a charm, as Maddie Stewart put a shot on goal that got between the Knights’ goalie’s pads and Hawkes slammed it home into the back of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
“Kathryn and Liz Korowski played great games on the left side,” Daley said. “Tatum Brett played out of her mind on the right side in midfield. It was nice to see the girls click. It was definitely exciting to create the chances we did but we need to find the back of the net more.”
Hannah Frittenburg notched her second straight shutout in goal with a pair of saves, while Eva Drummond, Josie Phaneuf and Ella Chandler were rock-solid on defense.
The Eagles are scheduled to play another turf opponent on Tuesday (4:30 p.m.) with a trip to Portsmouth (2-0), and will close out the week on Thursday (4 p.m.) when Merrimack Valley (1-1) visits Centola Field.
The Clippers won 3-1 at Pembroke (0-2) on Sept. 3, and topped Bow (1-1), 1-0 at home on Thursday.
The Pride fell 4-0 at Souhegan (2-0) on Sept. 3, but rebounded with a 6-0 victory over Hollis-Brookline (0-1) at home last Wednesday.