Varsity Field Hockey
vs Hotchkiss School
Score/Result: 0-1 L
Saturday, November 09, 2013
This was a thrilling final regular season game. We work all fall to prepare for Hothckiss and while we didn’t come away with the win it was a well-fought and exciting game.
The game was played mostly in the midfield. The one advantage that Hotchkiss had was they were awarded a number of offensive corners at the end of the first half. They set up differently than most teams that we played using a left handed player as their inserter. The ball came up high to the right so we had to adjust our defensive strategy. Audrey, Coco, Gwen and Caroline did a great job of adjusting and they broke up numerous corners in a row. Audrey repeatedly got a stick on their shot or intercepted the pass. Caroline was there on the trail and picked up loose balls and Karina made one huge save off a corner. Gwen had an amazing defensive save where she saved a shot in the air, batting it down with her stick and clearing it out of the goal. However, with 25 seconds left before half time Hotchkiss used deception on the hit and was able to beat us.
We fought hard in the second half. Rachael, Gracie, Laura, Lauren and Collins worked tirelessly on the front line to generate our offense. Hope came in the second half and played stellar defense against the Hotchkiss lefties. 2 minutes into the second half Hotchkiss almost got an insurance goal, but was awarded a penalty stroke because of a foul on the goal line. Karina made a fantastic save by lunging for the ball. That kept us in the game and gave us some needed energy. We called a timeout with less than ten minutes left and we pressed hard for the remainder of the game. With seconds clicking off the clock, Collins and Caroline worked to get the ball in the circle and Caroline was able to get a good cross off in front of the net. It was just too fast for Gracie to get a stick on it. Despite our best efforts we were not able to come out on top. However, as luck would have it we were awarded the 7th seed in the New England tournament, which means we get to return to Hotchkiss for the quarter finals Wednesday 11-13 at 2:15pm.