Souths lose half-time lead, hang on for draw against Zig Zag

SOUTHS watched a three goal advantage against hosts Lithgow Zig Zag fade away in their opening round women’s Premier League Hockey clash to finish up in a 4-all draw.

DRAW: Emma Siejka scored for Souths in their 4-all draw against Lithgow Zig Zag. Souths had a 4-1 half-time lead before Zig Zag hit back. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

DRAW: Emma Siejka scored for Souths in their 4-all draw against Lithgow Zig Zag. Souths had a 4-1 half-time lead before Zig Zag hit back. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The two blues struck three times in quick succession through a Sophie Macauley brace and an Emma Siejka goal, with all strikes coming from the field. 

Souths captain Ali Stanford put her side four ahead through a penalty corner deflection before Lithgow got themselves on the board before the break.

At the game’s resumption the momentum swung in favour of Zig Zag when Souths’ fitness started to fall off across the back half.

Zig Zag found three goals over the term to salvage a point.

“We went out and put three in the back of the net quite quickly. I think in that second half we just lacked a bit of fitness and our drive wasn’t there in that half,” Stanford said.

“They came at us hard and we had no answer for it.”

There was still reasons for Souths to feel encouraged despite missing out on victory.

“It is what it is. It’s our first game of the season and it’s also our first game where we’ve had the full team together. That was our first time playing as a group so they played well,” Stanford said.

“Even though it was a draw we came away feeling good about it. 

“All our goals were team goals and that’s what you like to see.”

LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 4 (Jana Winnard 2, Tayla Deveigne, Kelsie Whyte) drew BATHURST SOUTHS 4 (Soph McCauley 2, Emma Siejka, Ali Stanford)