WINTHROP — The Winthrop field hockey team struggled to score for stretches last season, with coach Jess Merrill saying it struggled to finish.

“Scoring was an issue,” she said. “Goals were hard to come by. We’ve been working on it and we think it’s starting to show.”

It certainly did Wednesday in a 9-0 thumping of Telstar in a the season opener for both squads.

Junior Kinli DiBiase and senior Emily Molino each scored three goals to lead the potent Winthrop attack.

Moriah Hajduk, Kate Perkins and Hanna Caprara also scored for the Ramblers (1-0), who had 14 corners and 36 shots.

“This is a good start,” Merrill said. “We played really well (Wednesday). We are on a mission.”

Perry Morton had 20 saves for the Rebels (0-1).

SKOWHEGAN 6, BREWER 0: Julia Steeves had two goals and two assists to spark the Indians to a season-opening win in Brewer.

Maliea Kelso added a goal and two assists for Skowhegan (1-0) while Elizabeth York had a goal and an assist. Mariah Dunbar and Hannah Genest had the other goals and Haley Thebarge chipped in with an assist. Skowhegan outshot the Witches (0-1) 27-1 and dominated in corners 21-0.


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