Field Hockey - Varsity
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Due to a string of injuries, this game provided an opportunity for members of the team to really step up and step up they did! While the scoreboard did not reflect it, Taft was the better team today. We took more shots, had more corners and put the ball in the net twice, but one goal was called back. And we played really hard and really well. Our passing was incredible, excellent give and go's and we connected finding holes in the Westy defense. On defense, Corinna Dorr tackled the ball very well and transition the ball back on attack with great accuracy and speed. Emma Hentemann dropped back to defense from the midfield and did not let Westy into the circle from the left. She was tenacious and strong throughout the entire game. Amelia Allen played her usual really smart game but she also came out of nowhere numerous times to make loose players to grab a dangerous ball. Eva Bauermeister, Asis Rupert and Abigail Hano worked like a well-oiled machine in the midfield. They supported each other, their forwards and midfielders and never stopped or slowed for a minute. We moved our forwards around and this lineup really clicked. Olivia King and McKinley Karpa completely controlled the ball in the middle of the field repeatedly defeating the Westy defenders. Caeley Smith and Lily Senich had outstanding games at left and right wing. Caeley played left wing today for the first time and took to it like a duck takes to water. She was quick, aggressive and determined. Lily Senich played really smart and did everything we asked her to do. She was open down the line and repeatedly was there to receive Asia’s pass. She worked so hard to get the ball into the circle. And finally Piper stepped into the goal today and made one great save, our defenders did such a good job that she didn’t have to face too many shots. She communicated very well with her teammates. Westy got on the board early with a quick breakaway about 10 minutes into the game. But we kept them off the board for another almost 40 minutes. Our goal came when Cori cleared the ball out of the defensive end and she found Olivia King in the middle of the field. Olivia carried the ball hard and dodged a couple of defenders and she found Mckinley at the top of the circle who in her usual fashion scored while diving headfirst toward the goal. Unfortunately, Westminster was able to answer back about 5 minutes later with just under 17 minutes left in the game. We tried valiantly to get the tying goal and we did put the ball in the net for the second time but a foul must have occurred prior to the goal so it didn’t count. This really was a bittersweet game. We were the underdogs but played like we were the favored team. It was a very well played and hard fought game by everyone. We take on NMH at 4pm on Saturday.