PEARL RIVER – A year ago, Nyack’s Cialeigh Travers missed her sophomore field hockey season after undergoing back surgery.
Friday, Travers looked 100 percent healthy and her play was a back-breaker for Pearl River, which dominated their league game but ended up on a short end of a 1-0 score.
The only time the 5-6-5 Pirates found the back of the net was on a second-half shot with 18:42 left. It was disallowed, though, because it was from outside the circle. The veteran Travers, who was brought up to varsity at the end of eighth grade, wisely jumped over it, so as not to allow a potentially juicy rebound.
Nyack’s Alyssa Varman, who scored the goal, and Danielle Lydecker had strong games, utilizing speed to disrupt the Pirate offense and create some offense going the other way.
Nyack’s defense, which Travers noted will return as a unit next year, stood out throughout the contest.
“It kind of got a little frantic but our defense really pulled together,” Travers said.
Player of the game: Besides Travers, Olivia Demetres was a huge difference-maker. The junior, who alternated between defense and sweeper, stopped multiple shots off Pirate penalty corners throughout the second half, as well as some free hits, as the Indians clung to their one-goal advantage.
Turning point: Varman scored that goal unassisted just one minute, 39 seconds into the game.
Stat line: Nyack, 3-9-3, which had tied Pearl River earlier this season, mustered only three shots on net.
Quoteables: Travers appreciated Demetres’s play, remarking. “She’s my backbone, basically. All of our defenders were great.”
“We’re very determined to make sections this year,” said Demetres, a three-year varsity player. “It has been a little rough but I think we’ll get there. … We’re jelling a lot better.”