After two tough, close losses the Chelsea Field Hockey team really needed a big victory. And they earned that today with a big 5-0 shutout victory against the Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard Irish at home. Chelsea started strong and controlled the ball and their tight defense didn’t even allow the Irish to even cross midfield for the first 10 minutes of the game. Chelsea peppered the goal with shots and kept much pressure on the Irish goalkeeper Anna Nalukwagu. Then at the 20-minute mark, Chelsea found the back of the net as Senior Captain Madalyn Allen lifted the ball to the right of the goal and put Chelsea up 1-0.
Chelsea kept the pressure up and the defense would not allow any Irish player near the Chelsea end. At the 26 minute mark, it was Annaliese Donahue getting the ball into the Irish net with a great shot from the right of the goal. 3 minutes late Molly Latimer put Chelsea up 3-0 with a shot from the left side of the goal sending Chelsea into the half with a comfortable lead.
In the second half the Irish put on a little pressure but it wasn’t enough as the Chelsea defense would not allow any Irish player or anything near Chelsea goalkeeper Payton Doan, who was like the Maytag repairman, all alone for the game, so it seemed.
At the 10:30 mark of the second half it was Gabby Noble scoring her first goal ever to put Chelsea up 4-0 with a hard hit ball off a penalty corner, driven right down the middle of the field! With less than 8 minutes left in the game, Madalyn Allen put the icing on the cake with a final goal and her second of the game, as she shot it from the top of the circle.
The Chelsea defense did an outstanding job as Doan didn’t face a single shot in the game and the offense put 14 shots on the Irish goalkeeper. Chelsea also played a very clean game committing no fouls to draw any penalty corners while the Irish gave up 20 penalty corners.
Chelsea is 2-2 on the season and plays next this Thursday, the 1st, at Cranbrook-Kingswood at 4:30.