GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s Katie Haselton has a shelf in her room that is dedicated to moments and memories from her field hockey career.
There isn’t much room in the corner where the shelf is, but since the start of this season, she has left an empty space on it in anticipation for her next memento — the ball that scores her 100th career point.
The spot remained bare for over two months, but when she wakes up on Tuesday morning and looks over to the shelf, the ball will be there.
Haselton notched her 100th career point in a 5-0 win for No. 6 Greenfield over No. 7 Frontier Monday at Greenfield High School. Haselton and Amber Taylor each scored twice and had an assist. Madyson Kuchieski scored once for the Green Wave.
Haselton’s milestone-reaching point came in the waning seconds of the first half. The ball worked around the top of the shooting circle before it was slipped to Haselton close to the goal. She poked the ball in and was quickly mobbed by teammates as cheers rained down from the Green Wave sideline.
Once halftime came, the entire team surrounded Haselton and cheered at midfield. Green Wave coach Erin Thayer presented the 100-point ball to Haselton and they shared a hug.
“This is a kid that will be missed from our program,” Thayer said. “She has been my starting center midfielder since she was in the the eighth grade, for five years. … She is not only a strong athlete. She is a great kid and a good student. She has a lot of things left to accomplish in life. She will do the best she can at whatever she is to go off and do.”
Haselton is now one of five players in the history of Greenfield field hockey to achieve the milestone. Doing it against an opponent like Frontier couldn’t have been better.
Frontier defeated Greenfield in overtime of the Western Mass. Division II championship last season.
“It was awesome to get back a little,” Haselton said.
Haselton and Taylor led the charge for the Green Wave early on Monday. Taylor scored 40 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal. Haselton scored a minute later to double Greenfield’s lead over the defending sectional champs.
“Scoring two goals in less than three minutes? Can’t complain about that.” Thayer said.
The Green Wave dominated the time of possession battle through the rest of the half, but couldn’t break through and finish scoring opportunities through most of the first quarter and much of the second quarter before Haselton’s goal.
“We were getting tired and lazy,” Thayer said. “We weren’t getting outside to create passing lanes. I didn’t do a lot of subbing, so it’s partly my fault, but they wanted to be out there to fight hard. They adjusted.”
Greenfield forced turnovers at the top of its shooting circle and created offense moving the other direction in the second half. Constant pressure from the Green Wave’s frontline group of Haselton, Lilia Kachelmeyer and Kuchieski put Frontier’s defense in vulnerable spots.
Redhawks goalkeeper Ella Flanders was busy during all four quarters. She made 16 saves during the game.
Amber broke through when she scored from in front of the cage off a pass from Haselton with 12:09 to go in the third quarter to up Greenfield’s lead. Kuchieski scored with 1:45 to go in the game to seal the victory for Greenfield.
Communication and unselfish play was being key for the Green Wave.
“Everyone touched the ball,” Haselton said. “That is awesome because it is great for everyone to be a part of a goal. Everyone contributes.”