The Magpie women traveled to Montreal, Quebec for the annual Montreal Tournament to officially kick off the 2018 season. With teams from Boston, Montreal, and Toronto attending, the women had a tough schedule ahead of them on the day.
New York vs. Boston
In their first matchup of the day, the Pies took on the Boston Demons. Newcomer Lara Musser proved to be a force in the forward line and assisted a number of goals kicked by Magpies stalwart Kim Hemenway. First-year Pie Lisa McHugh proved to be too much for the Demons on defense, clearing the footy over and over again from the Demons’ scoring attempts. With an early injury to Danielle “Galz” Gallagher, the Magpies midfield stepped up with the likes of Emma Kading, Grace Koplow, and Jess Taylor and delivered the footy to the talented forward line again and again.
The Pies spread the love in terms of goals with five players scoring in the match. Normally in defense, Aish Greig had her shots on goal as well. The women flooded the forward line when Shanice Johnson kicked her first ever goal in her first game with New York. The Pies handily defeated the Boston Demons with a shutout to start the day.
New York 9.6.60
Goals: Hemenway 3, Grieg 2, Wolff 2, Wolf, Johnson
New York vs. Montreal
The second game of the day proved a bit more difficult, but the Pies were ready for a rematch with their loss to Montreal in April by just one point. Rookies Musser and McHugh continued to shine in transitioning the footy forward. Taylor became more and more excellent as the game went on with enough speed to challenge a strong Angel’s midfield. Rookie Emily Hickey learned from the best with the likes of Casillas and Greig by her side and played a shutdown game of football against her opponent. The defense held strong despite a determined Angels’ side.
While scoring opportunities were hard to come by in the early season game, Hemenway and Wolff had different plans for the day. Switching between the ruck and center half forward positions, the pair proved too much for the Angels, scoring three goals and five behinds between them. In the end, the Pies had more opportunities on goal and kicked a bit straighter to pull out the win.
New York 3.6.24
Goals: Hemenway 2, Wolff
New York vs. Toronto
The final match of the day and Grand Final to boot was against a combined High Park Demons and Hamilton Wildcats side from Toronto with a few Angels joining them due to injury. The first half of the game brought challenges with an injury to half forward flank Lauren “Schnitz” Skonieczny, a key piece of the Pies’ offensive strategy. At half time, the Toronto side was up by 17 points.
The New York side would not be discouraged and took the field ready to fight to the bitter end. With further injuries to forward Sam Wolf and a scare with Jess Taylor as well, the Pies had to regroup and dig deep. With everything on the line for the cup, the Pies came back to last ten minutes of the game with a renewed courage at the footy. Bree MacKenzie created a wall in the center of the ground that the Toronto side had a difficult time breaking through.
Defensive boss Drea Casillas took the footy the distance scoring her first goal of . the tournament all the way from the half back line run. The whole side rushed the forward line to get around her. With time dwindling and the Pies behind by a goal, Hargrave saw the open field in front of her and slotted a goal from nearly the center of the ground. With a mere minutes left in the game, the Pies kept possession in their forward line, but couldn’t get it across the line. Despite the loss, the last ten minutes of the tournament definitely “came up all black and white.” The Pies may have lost on the day, but their Canadian tuxedos were the true winners that evening.
New York 2.2.14
Goals: Casillas & Hargrave