Assumption waited two extra days to play its first game of the season because of the weather.
Evidently, the Rockets had a lot of pent-up energy.
Assumption scored less than two minutes into its season-opening game against Male, and never looked back in an 8-0 win at the 47th Annual Apple Tournament at Sacred Heart Academy Wednesday night.
“We were itchy to get out there. You just want to see what you can do,” said head coach Jody Schaefer. “I was happy to see them come out and just get it done. We said we’re defending the 50, we’re going to score five before halftime, and danged if we didn’t. I’m proud of them.”
Ella Martin led the Rockets with three goals, including two in the first half. Zoe Snook played a monster first half with four consecutive assists. Assumption ended the night with 37 shots on goal.
“It’s just awesome to get out here, especially in my senior year, the last go around,” said senior Lee Ann Gordon. “We have high expectations and goals for ourselves this year. I think we did a good job of just taking it one step at a time and achieving the goals that we set out for the day.”
With only six seniors this year, the Rockets are a relatively young group. Schaefer acknowledges her team is still in learning mode, but the Apple Tournament provides an excellent opportunity to grow.
“One of the things we try to do in the Apple is find our identity as a team. What kind of team are we going to be” she said. “We have a culture at Assumption. We have a great history. I think one of the things we do at the Apple is see who shows up and how you can ride that into the next games. This team is valiant. They’re very passionate. We’re working on the discipline part of it. If we can discipline that passion, we’ll have a good group.”
Anna Ashbrook put Assumption on the board 1-0 just 1:18 into the game. The trio of Martin, Tyler Everslage, and Kate Bale scored four goals over 12 minutes to push the Rockets’ lead to 5-0. Ashbrook then scored her second goal with eleven seconds remaining in the first half for a commanding 6-0 lead.
The Rockets (1-0) continue pool play on Friday against KCD at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs (0-1) face CAL at 5:15. Elimination play begins Sunday with the championship scheduled for Monday, August 26.