Field Hockey Comes up Short in Scoring
Eoin Lyons '15
Field Hockey has to be the most under-appreciated sport at Saint Ignatius. I never really knew the rules or how the game progressed until I attended the SI TV game of the week game against Davis High School.
The game advanced slowly at first, with neither team dominating play. The Wildcats, coming into the game with a record of 2-2 after a tough loss against Mitty, hit the field running towards the end of the first half. With three penalty corners for SI in the first half alone, the Cats swiftly took control of the game, but still could not finish for a goal. At halftime, both teams were tied with no score.
The second half began similarly to the first; neither team could hold onto momentum enough to finish with a goal. SI frequently won possession in midfield, which fueled major counterattacks with fluid passing movement. Again, Saint Ignatius kept the ball around Davis' goal nearly all of the second half, but to no avail.
Finally, the seven vs. seven "golden goal" overtime began, featuring some of the highlights of the games. Unfortunately, despite the pressing SI defense and vast control in the midfield, the game ended in a tie, 0-0. "The score does not portray how hard we played," says junior Annie Mattimore '15. "We were able to get shots off, but found difficulty in getting them to the back of the cage."
Junior Michelle Espiritu, '15 added," In the end, both teams were evenly matched throughout the whole game. We played really well as a team and every girl played aggressively and did her part."
Looking forward into the rest of the season, the team is hopeful on the outcome. Sydney Sobrepeña, '15 says, "Coach Hailey (Sanchez) and her staff have taught us so much these past few weeks! We plan to continue to work hard and make it to the playoffs for the first time." Make sure to come and support your field hockey cats next Tuesday, October 8, at Fairmont Field as they take on Westmont High School.
9/4/2013 vs Mitty (0-4)
9/10/2013 vs Westmont (1-0)
Goals – McKenna Carter (1)
Saves – Jackie Ocana (6)
9/16 vs Saratoga (2-1)
Goals – Clare Connolly (2)
Saves – Jackie Ocana (6)
9/18 vs Mitty (0-2)
Saves – Jackie Ocana (10)
9/20 vs Davis (0-0)
Saves – Kate Steigerwald (5)
9/21 vs University (3-0)
Goal – Kelly Sykes (2), Alex Robertson (1)
Saves – Jackie Ocana (2)
9/24 vs San Jose (10-0)
Goals – Madeline Maxwell (2), Kelly Sykes (2), Camille Rich (2), Kate Mattimore (1), Hailey Palala (1), Clare Casey (1)
9/26 vs University
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