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Pine Plains field hockey wins in season opener

PINE PLAINS — In the first game of the season, the Webutuck High School varsity girls field hockey team met Stissing Mountain High School for a close game that resulted in a 2-1 win for Stissing Mountain.Webutuck’s Sam Murphy made the first goal of the game, but at the end of the second half, Megan Proper and Anna Woodward of Stissing Mountain each made a goal, securing the win for their team.“I’m really proud of the way the kids played the last 15 minutes of the game,” said Stissing Mountain coach Dick Meilinger. “We have to play that way all the time in order to be successful.”During the game, Webutuck made seven shots on goal, but Stissing Mountain made 21, 15 of which were during the second half.Webutuck goalie Victoria Woodruff played so well that not only did her coach, Kathleen Howard, sing her praises, but so did the Stissing Mountain coach.“[Victoria] had a great day,” said Meilinger.Meilinger said he was also impressed with the Webutuck team as a whole, especially since Webutuck played the whole game without any substitutes.Meilinger said that because of Webutuck’s strong performance, the game was “scary” for him as a coach.Despite the loss, Webutuck’s coach was pleased with the way game went.“For our first varsity game with no scrimmage, I think the girls did phenomenal,” said Howard. “They attacked the goal as I expect them to do.”This is the first time in several years that Webutuck has had a varsity field hockey team.

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