Field Hockey - Varsity
vs.
Deerfield Academy
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Away
Deerfield Academy
Loss 1-2
After a long bus ride up to Deerfield on their parent’s day, we started the game with intensity and energy. We had a couple of good opportunities early in the game. The play was very evenly matched and it was a fun and exciting game to watch. Our defense was outstanding and made very few mistakes. Eva Baurmeister played outstanding corner defense disrupting their corners every time. Phoebe had another amazing game with 9 saves including a couple of huge clears out of the circle. McKinley Karpa had 4 great shots in the first half including two breakaways. On one breakaway the goalkeeper just beat her to the ball and on the second she tried to beat the goalie on her weak side but she was able to get a stick on it. McKinley was fired up and determined to score. We went into the second half tied at zero apiece and it was still anyone’s game. Deerfield was able to get on the board by carrying the ball down the right baseline, which is so tough to defend, and managed to defeat Phoebe one on one. With 25 minutes left in the game we knew we had time to get even again. However, Deerfield managed to score again with just under 14 minutes left in the game, but that did not deflate us and we just worked harder. Abigail Hano was all over the ball on the right side trying to gain possession and she did a great job of winning the ball and bringing it down field. Olivia King played the hardest I have seen all season and she works incredibly hard in every game. She was fantastic about coming back for the ball and carrying the ball down the middle to make things happen on offense. Liv Santini did the same and was repeatedly successful with her reverse stick steal. It was Olivia who won the ball in the midfield that lead to our goal. She then passed the ball upfield to McKinley who again created a breakaway. Recognizing what was happening, Abigail booked it downfield to the far post. McKinley drew the goalie and passed to Abigail who was perfectly positioned to receive McKinley’s pass. The goalie lunged toward Abigail but she placed her shot right under the goalkeeper. There was 8 minutes left in the game. We dominated the rest of the game and came so close to getting the tying goal. We were not successful at earning many corners until the end of the game. On one corner, Abigail inserted the ball up to Liv who sent the ball hard to the far post. McKinley dove for the deflection and her shot missed the goal by an inch. I saw the University of Maryland score on the same corner to win the ACC tournament; it was an amazing effort by forwards. We ended the game with 4 corners in a row and while we executed them well we couldn’t manage to score. Asia took the last shot and with tremendous effort she aimed for the far post but it just went wide and the clock ran out. This game hinged on the difference of an inch and seconds on the clock. Could we play Deerfield again, it very well could go our way. Our forwards, McKinley, Olivia King, Liv Santini, Abigail and Caeley Smith played with such grit and determination. Emma Hentemann was key to our success in moving the ball upfield on the left side of the field and she effectively stopped or slowed their forward momentum. Amelia Allen, Lauren Hoey and Corinna Dorr played smart team defense today and their effort never waned. The team also showed outstanding sportsmanship. We play Founders League rival, Ethel Walker’s, at home on Wednesday.