Defense lifts team to single loss record

As the postseason approaches, the varsity field hockey team continues to excel in regular season play, winning seven of its last nine games and allowing only goal in those games combined.

Goalie Daniela Grande ’15 is arguably on the hottest streak of her high school career, as she has left the team’s opponents scoreless in eight of the 11 games this season, including the last three games.

“Really it’s been how aggressive we are together as a team, with everyone communicating, goalie to forward,” stopper Hana Chop ’14 said. “We’ve been able to possess the ball and have great coverage behind every play and counterattack.”

The team recently gained vengeance with its beat-down against Glendora High School, the team who handed the Wolverines their only loss this season. The team tallied four goals in its shutout win.

“It was a really tough loss and especially frustrating since we knew we could have won,” Brooke Bagnall ’14 said.  “We wanted revenge. Losing to them at first helped motivate us to come out strong and play hard.”

Along with a stout defense, the Wolverines’ production on offense has been nothing short of impressive.

The team averages nearly four goals a game and has won its last four games by a differential of 15 goals.

“We are playing as a unit,” Chop said. “From defense to offense everyone is working hard, moving off-ball to create plays, setting up for passes and shots and blocking up on free hits.”

The Wolverines have two remaining games until playoffs begin. The next match is at Chaminade High School on Oct. 22. The season finale is at home on  Oct. 24 against Louisville.

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