Sophomore Jess Barry picked up an assist in season opener for Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Coach Jeremy Heinze gives goalie Emily Buckman some last-minute instructions at halftime Credits: TAP Chatham
Sophomore Emily Buckman posted a shutout in her first varsity start for Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Melchionna Leads Chatham in Opener over Gov. Livingston
Monday, September 9, 2013 • 7:07pm
CHATHAM, NJ - Senior midfielder Danielle Melchionna scored an unassisted goal in the first half and was credited with an assist on the final goal as Chatham opened its field hockey season with a 3-0 victory over Gov. Livingston on Monday at Haas Field.
Chatham (1-0) plays host to Morris Knolls on Tuesday at 4 p.m., also at Haas Field.
Three sophomores, Jess Barry, Emily Wingate and Emily Buckman sparkled in their varsity debuts for Chatham. Barry earned an assist on the second goal and was impressive with her speed and stick skills throughout the game.Wingate scored the third goal for Chatham and Buckman made two saves in notching her first varsity shutout.
Melchionna got Chatham started when she scored with 14:35 left in the first half. It remained a 1-0 game until there was 18:33 left in the second half. Barry took an angled shot from the right wing and senior forward Brynn Gilligan knocked in the rebound to make it 2-0.
"She's very fast," Chatham coach Jeremy Heinze said of Barry. "Her ball skills are catching up with her physical ability. She worked hard on that in the offseason and preseason. She can control the ball now. You can't teach speed."
Chatham sealed the victory with a goal just 1:22 after Gilligan's tally. Melchionna cracked a hard shot from up top and Wingate got her stick on it to put it past the goalie.
Heinze had praise for the defensive trio of Kelly Horan, Colleen O'Neill and Keri Cronin, who did a great job in protecting Buckman and supporting the midfield.
"It's not easy in a game when you're not really engaged too much," Heinze said. "The second half they came out and had two or three chances. We talked about not having a letdown at halftime. They got two corners cleared and then we controlled the attack the rest of the way. Our defense moves up in support positions, so they're always involved."
"All our parents were here supporting us, which made it fun, and our friends came out," Melchionna said. "We wanted to get off to a good start to the season. It motivates you for our next game here against Morris Knolls tomorrow. I think we'll keep improving from here."