The Camden field hockey team opened its season with a victory.
Sophomore attacker Delaney Alberico scored early in the first half and classmate Lily Sullivan added another in the second half to help Camden top New Hartford for a 2-0 home victory Friday. Senior Kennedy Steria and sophomore Mercedes Currie each added assists. Junior Mariah Mix made two saves.
"We dominated for a majority of the game," said Shannon McPheron, who is in her 16th year as Camden coach. "Overall, we're a young team this season. But I'm pretty pleased with how we played."
McPheron said she has one starter back from last season's team that fell in an "emotional" Section III Class B title game to New Hartford. The Blue Devils missed a few scoring opportunities Friday, which will be something the team will build on, McPheron said.
"We have to learn to execute," she said. "We're still learning the whole spacing of the field. ... We had opportunities that we need to take advantage of."
Sophomore Rebekah Stolo finished with 12 saves for New Hartford (1-1).
Camden doesn't have another game until Monday, Sept. 12, when it takes on Rome Free Academy. By contrast, New Hartford plays Wednesday against Herkimer. Camden's long layoff is hard and forces McPheron "to get creative as a coach," she said.
McPheron said the team will have a four-day break before beginning practices again. She said she would like to take her players to a college game in the area, so they can see a higher level of play.
"Overall, (Friday's win) gave us something to look forward to," McPheron said.