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Padua breaks deadlock, gets through Newark Charter 5-0 | USA Today High School Sports

WILMINGTON Padua Academy dominated possession in the first half but could not finish its opportunities in a nonconference field hockey contest against visiting Newark Charter on Wednesday afternoon at Forbes Field.

The Pandas made an adjustment at halftime to open up space inside the circle, and it worked as they exploded for five goals in the second half to earn a 5-0 victory over the Patriots.

“We talked at half time that we needed to move for each other, connect passes and make triangles for each other, so we have people to pass to,” Padua’s Ashlee Brentlinger said. “We did a lot better job of that in the second half, and we were able to spread the defense out when we moved around, so we could find the seams and get forward.”

Those adjusted paid immediate dividends as the Pandas (8-0) got on the board just 3:25 into the second half when Brentlinger put in a rebound off of a Molly Bobjack shot.

Padua put the game away when it scored four times over the final 10:17, starting with Abigail Boudart scoring off of a Abigail McGowan assist, and the Pandas made it 3-0 when Jill Sherman tipped in a rebound off of a Kathryn Buczik shot.

Boudart and Brentlinger combined for Padua’s next goal as Brentlinger’s pass set up Boudart’s second goal with 3:56 left to make it 4-0, and Brentlinger capped the scoring when she put a Bobjak pass into the cage with 2:56 left.

The Pandas finished with 22 shots against Newark Charter (5-5), and one reason why they converted on their chances in the second half was because of better communication.

“We weren’t talking, and we weren’t cutting and moving as much as we should,” Padua head coach Jayne Hughes said. “We were kind of coming together, which was drawing their defense in. We had to slow it down, spread out and constantly being moving and making triangles. That kind of helped us out a lot in the end.”

Even after they started to put in goals, Patriot goalkeeper Ali Narvaez continued to stymie the Pandas, stopping several lifted shots that they have been successful with this season on her way to 17 saves, and Padua finally got shots by Narvaez by being persistent.

“She did. It was really tough. We just had to keep fighting through, following our shots and passes and getting into the box the whole time,” Brentlinger said.

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