The Varsity Field Hockey team made the drive across the boarder to The Taft School to take on a very talented Rhino squad. And though we were not the victors, it gave us the necessary confidence that we can, in fact, play with the best teams in New England. This was a game we truly felt we could have won. Our defense was outstanding, preventing Taft from penetrating the circle for most of the game. Our offense created a few nice opportunities and missed by inches on a couple of shots. With two minor adjustments, the scoreboard might have read differently: we needed to work the ball to the right, and we needed to take away their right side options. However, we simply could not put those two necessary pieces together consistently enough to create a real threat.
Taft opened the scoring with just under nine minutes left to play in the first half. It was a beautiful shot from outside the circle that evidently had been tipped on its way through. We were in doubt, but after a referee consultation, the score stood and we found ourselves down 1-0. Heading into halftime, we knew we could play better. We set clear goals for ourselves and committed to working hard, playing as a team and playing smart.
As the second half began, we started to move the ball down the field. We gained momentum and started to create some real scoring opportunities, but the tide changed after a Taft rush down the field. With four minutes to play in the game, Taft earned a corner and capitalized. Ronnie Lortie '14 played her first full game at offense and did an outstanding job of creating offensive plays with Jeanne Morin '13, and Kira von Steinbergs '13. Chase Gerber '13 and Annie Fraiman '13 were quick and smart on the wings; Annie had her best game of the season. Olivia Good '15 and Sandra Stephan '15 were absolute walls in the midfield; Sandra received great compliments from the Taft coaches after the game: she simply could not be beat. Our backs continue to hold players outside of the circle. Taylor Sorenson '13 tallied 14 saves on the day. A good team effort all around. We are eager to take the field on Saturday against League rival, Suffield. This is a necessary win for us as it will bring us back to .500, and, as a Class B game, is essential if we want to make the New England Tournament.