Chloe Preston

Titusville’s Chloe Preston (11) battles for possession with Cambridge Springs’ Ella Nicholson (1) during Monday’s Region 3 contest.

In spite of what the scoreboard may say after the final buzzer, you can always come away from a contest having learned something you did not know before. That was the mentality of Titusville head coach Luke Dye after the Lady Rockets’ latest scuff on the pitch.

“We learned a lot today,” said Dye. “There definitely were a lot of things to take from today despite the score line.”

On Monday afternoon, the Rockets played at the Ed Myer Complex for the final time in the 2020 season, dropping an 8-0, Region 3 decision to Cambridge Springs.

Aly Reyes recorded a hat trick for the visitors, while Paisley Mangold chipped in two goals and an assist. Also for the Blue Devils, Nola Zook and Kylie Beck rallied off a goal and an assist each, while Makenzie Yanc and Chloe Schultz contributed a goal and an assist, respectively.

Cambridge Springs came out of the gate with a suffocating attack, tallying three goals in the opening 10 minutes to push the Lady Rockets back on their heels early.

After a pair of saves from Titusville netminder Paisley Crawford, things appeared to be settling down for the Rockets’ defense. However, the Blue Devils were able to successfully capitalize on a series of set pieces to expand their cushion to a handful less than 20 minutes played in the opening half.

“We started incredibly slow,” noted Dye. “We were not really stepping to the ball, and we were letting passes get through.”

The Blue Devils’ defense limited Titusville to just one shot in the first 40 minutes.

The Rockets came out of the break with some much-needed energy, bringing a little more “intensity” into their game, according to Dye.

Despite forcing their opponents to take several arrant shots over the early stages of the half, Cambridge Springs quickly restored their tempo with a pair of goals to ice the game and round out their scoring.

Titusville did not sign off quietly, pounding the attacking zone in the closing moments, desperate to try and snap the Blue Devils’ shutout bid, but the visitors held their ground defensively, securing the final result and dropping the Lady Rockets to 2-10 overall.

After the game, Dye expressed his pleasure with his team’s performance in the second half, stating that “the girls really locked down in the second half.”

Now with their 2020 campaign at home wrapped up, the Lady Rockets face a grueling three-game road trip starting with Warren tomorrow, Meadville on Friday and closing with Eisenhower on Saturday afternoon.

“We just have to keep taking it day by day,” explained Dye when asked about the remaining schedule. “We try to tell the girls to relax, and when we come to practice, we have to focus.”

Tomorrow’s contest at War Memorial Field in Warren kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

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