In the first of two meetings this season, Grosse Pointe South beat rival Grosse Pointe North 1-0 last week.
“We have some work to do, but overall it was a nice win,” South head coach Millie Tompkins said. “It was two hot days and everyone played hard, communicated and had better anticipation.
“It was definitely a good opening week.”
The host Blue Devils grabbed the 1-0 lead when senior Samantha Schervish tallied at the 20:51 mark of the first half.
They scored another goal late in the first half, but was disallowed, and they had another goal in the second half which was disallowed.
Brittany Paquette, making her North head-coaching debut, watched her Norsemen get outplayed in the opening half.
After making some adjustments, it was the Norsemen who dominated the second half. They had several outstanding scoring chances, including three in a row in the latter stages of the game, but Blue Devils senior goalie Sydney Calhoun made the saves.
“I made sure I kept track of the ball and I was able to get in front of the ball,” Calhoun said.
Those saves were the key to the Blue Devils preserving the one-goal advantage. It could have easily been a 1-1 ending.
“For what time we had to prepare, I think the girls played well and did an exceptional job, especially in the second half, of playing together, as a team, and work the ball up the field, as a team,” Paquette said. “One person can’t do it all and that’s a concept they fully understand and respect about the game.”
It was the season-opener for North, but South played the night before, beating host Dearborn 3-1.
Senior Bridgette Champane had two goals and Schervish added one as the Blue Devils outplayed the host team on a hot, muggy, rainy night.
Grosse Pointe South is 2-0 overall, while Grosse Pointe North is 0-1.
For South’s junior varsity, it beat Dearborn 3-0 as Allyson Hartz, Caitlin Cunnane and Maddie DesNoyer scored.
Less than 16 hours later, South crushed North 8-0, scoring seven first-half goals with Hartz scoring the first goal.
DesNoyer scored the Blue Devils’ second goal, followed by Leigh Farquhar, Emma St. John, Cunnane, Ryley Kerik and Farquhar.
Leading the goalies were Madi Thomas and Christina Ambrozy.
South’s freshman team opened its season with a scoreless tie with Dearborn, helping the Blue Devils’ three field hockey teams start the season 4-0-1 overall.