JAY – The forecast calls for frost, but nothing can cool down the Telstar field hockey team.

The Rebels scored three goals in the first half and never looked back in a convincing 4-1 victory over Jay on Wednesday.

Since losing its first three games, Telstar (8-3-1) extended its unbeaten streak to nine games. More important, the Rebels established that they are not one-dimensional, evidenced by four different goal scorers Wednesday and a solid defense.

“We did come out flat,” Jay coach Jane DiPompo said. “But, Telstar is on a roll. They are red-hot and playing with confidence. It’s hard to stop a team like that.”

Jay (6-5-1) has had trouble scoring goals this season, and Rebels fullback Tonie Morin didn’t make it any easier, clearing away numerous shots.

Telstar seized the momentum early, which led to two goals in a span of 1:41. Julia Stambolis one-timed a blistering slap shot past Jay goalie Brenda Allen. The Rebels maintained the pressure and Chelsea Bean, who had assisted the initial tally, fired a shot from outside the right post. The ball glanced off a Jay defender and found the back of the cage.

Telstar was coming off a victory Monday over previously unbeaten Livermore Falls.

“We came here expecting to win,” Bean said. “That’s not meant to sound cocky, but we’re playing with confidence. There was no letdown after the Livermore game.”

Telstar got good movement in the midfield by Bailey Davis, Sarah Field, Whitney Mills and Stambolis. The ability to stop and redirect balls served to open up the offense.

Josie Reiss scored off a rebound, with 9:54 left in the first half to give Telstar a 3-0 lead.

“The theme of the game began during warm-ups,” Bean said. “Jay was the only team in the MVC who we hadn’t scored against. They had beat us 1-0, but we changed that by scoring on them.”

Telstar had a 27-5 shot advantage and 12-5 on penalty corners.

Mills scored on a slap shot midway through the second half.

The Tigers’ Julie Nelson and Brianna Beisaw were unable to break free on offense. Kristyn Timberlake scored the lone goal on a tip-in past Rebels goalie Brianna Douglass (two saves).

“The team had good ball movement,” Telstar coach Gail Wight said. “That really helped because they were stepping up and dodging people, instead of just trying to go through them. It opened up the passing lanes.”


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