Field hockey dribbles to first round of state

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Avery Neal

Even from the sidelines, Natalie Gang (12) and teammates anxiously watch OHS play Westminster on Oct. 22. Prior to this game, OHS let in no goals.

Due to COVID-19, several fall sports spent the first six weeks strictly practicing, not knowing if they would even play. But for OHS field hockey, all of that practice paid off. 

Since hitting the field for the first time on Sept. 29 against Parkway Central, OHS field hockey has enjoyed a successful 5-0 regular season. Not only did they go undefeated, they did not allow a single goal all of their regular season. 

“The fact that our goalie, Emma Schuermeyer (11), let no goals in really built our team’s confidence and strength,” Mackenzie Deutschmann (12) said. “We could always count on her if [the other team] got close.”

And count on her they did. The team went on to play four other games, winning 2-0, 1-0, 6-0 and 2-0. With state quickly approaching, the team was hoping for that pattern to continue with their first-round contest on Oct. 22 against Westminster.

“I knew that Westminster was going to be good,” captain Katie Leeker (12) said, “and they certainly showed up to play.” 

By the end of the first period, Westminster managed to slip two goals in against OHS. When those goals went in, it really freaked out the team, Deutschmann explained. “We started to panic,” she said.

The second period started with high hopes and tension rising. OHS hoped for a goal, but Westminster scored again, making the score 3-0.

“I was hoping that we could overcome it,” captain Emma Rose Seger (12) said, “that we could come back and win.” 

Unfortunately, the ball managed to stay away from the Westminster goal. OHS lost 3-0.

Having a short season was upsetting to Seger, but she is grateful for it. “We made the most of it,” she said. 

Despite this loss, field hockey still had a winning season. An extra game was added to the end of the season, played against Rosati Kain on Oct. 27. OHS took the 4-1 win. 

“It was Rosati’s senior night,” said defense player Charlotte Norton (12), “So our coach scheduled one last game so they could get the experience.”

This win does not go towards their season record for the 2020-2021 year.