Sports: Belmont Field Hockey Face Tough Final Stretch in Defense of Title

Photo: Molly Goldberg (#24)

In her four years playing field hockey for Belmont High School, Molly Goldberg has been a solid presence on the right side of the Marauders’ back line. In most of the 60-plus games for Belmont, Goldberg rarely ventures past the midfield line.

But that doesn’t mean Goldberg wasn’t hoping for one chance to take a shot and hear the ball hit the back of the net for a goal.

“I’ve wanted a goal just to say I have one,” said Goldberg, who remembered back in her sophomore season when an apparent goal was given to another player. 

“I still remember that one,” said Goldberg.

So in a game against a rebuilding Woburn squad on Monday, Oct. 17, with the game in hand, Head Coach Jessie Smith took most of her starters out and allowed her defenders a chance up in the offense. 

And with five minutes remaining in the game, Goldberg was in a scrum in front of the Woburn goal and took the shot … and scored. Goldberg, who joined her backline mates Julia Chase and Hanna Power and role player Chloe Brown scoring, waved and skipped up the field in celebration.

“It was great and fun to finally score,” she said.

The Woburn shutout victory is preparation for a tough final three games of the regular season for the Marauders (11-2-0) as they battle to defend their 2015 Middlesex League Liberty Division title against the two teams nipping at their heels.

On Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Harris, Belmont, ranked 12th in the Boston Globe top 20 poll, hosts Lexington (11-3-0, 20th in the top 20) in a battle the first and second place teams in the league. Lexington comes to Belmont having defeated Winchester, the 5th ranked Globe team, on Monday. Belmont defeated the Minutemen in September, 3-0, as freshman Katie Guden scored a hat trick.

The Lexington game will be under the lights starting at 6 p.m.  

On Monday, Oct. 24, Belmont travels to Winchester, 9-2-2, for a 3:30 p.m. game. Winchester defeated Belmont at Harris 2-0 three weeks ago. 

Belmont finishes the regular season against Reading at home at the Harris on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Reading gave Belmont a scare last month, losing 2-1.

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