BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — Owego battled tough against Walton for the first 30 minutes Monday night, but the Warriors took control in the second half to post a 3-0 victory.
Jacqlyn Gransbury broke a scoreless deadlock midway through the first period, scoring an unassisted goal at 16:17.
It would remain a one-goal contest until 24:09 of the second half when Katelyn Brooks scored on a feed by Katelyn Ostrander.
Ostrander would assist on Walton's final goal of the evening, this one coming off the stick of Annaliese DelBalso.
"We definitely kept up with them in the first half," Owego head coach Kylie Hrehor said. "We gave up that one goal and just some things didn't go our way and there are just some things that we need to work on to click a little bit better.
"We didn't play up to our potential today, but they played until the horn so I can't be too upset with that."
Walton outshot Owego, 15-5, and held an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners.
The Warrior defense was a key factor in the final outcome.
"They definitely have improved defensively. They're very disciplined," Hrehor said. "I know their coach has been working very well to build that program from the youth level up, just like a lot of schools in the area are doing. They were very defensively sound."
Kora Young made five saves for the visitors while Sarah Haskell collected 12 for the Indians.
"Sarah had a great game," Hrehor said. "When our defensive unit doesn't click it makes it very hard for, especially the goalie, to do her job properly, but she definitely had some big saves for us tonight."
Owego (1-2) visits Tioga (0-2) this afternoon.
IN PHOTO 1: Owego's Hannah Marsh. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
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