Wilson is aware of what Natali Foster is capable of doing and set up a game plan to try to slow her down.
Executing that plan was another matter.
Foster scored three goals Wednesday, all on backhand sweeps, to lead Twin Valley to a 3-2 Berks I field hockey road win over Wilson at Bulldog Field.
Foster’s third goal, with 8:15 left, snapped a tie in the back-and-forth game between the two teams expected to battle for the division title.
“We know she’s got that shot and we’re supposed to be marking her tight and we’re supposed to be keeping her in front of us,” said Wilson coach Kim Underwood, “and we didn’t do it.”
Few teams have been able to contain Foster, the reigning Berks Player of the Year who has committed to attend Drexel. She has seven goals in two games this season and 83 in her career for the defending Berks County champions.
“It was amazing,” Foster said. “All the shots I took I thought they weren’t going in at all. Then I saw them go in the cage.”
Foster struck first late in the opening quarter when she ran to the center of the field and unleashed a backhand sweep past goalie Olivia Baxewanis.
Wilson tied it in the opening minutes of the third quarter when Alexis Hoffman scored off an assist from Kayla Wilkes. Foster put Twin Valley back in front with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
Wilson tied it again early in the fourth when Grace Chisholm scored off an assist from Cat Arentz.
But Foster got free again and put a third backhand sweep into the cage for the winning goal.
“She was really consistent with that shot today,” said Twin Valley coach Kim Walsh. “She’s not always that consistent, but when she’s on she’s on. It’s a nice shot. It’s deceptive, you don’t see where it’s going. It’s really hard for a goalie to stop.”
Baxewanis made eight saves. Maddie Stevens stopped four Wilson shots for Twin Valley.
Wilson was unable to answer Foster’s third goal despite enjoying a one-player advantage for two minutes in the closing minutes.
“We were too emotional today,” Underwood said. “Our girls have to get tougher.”
Source: Berkshire mont