The field hockey team defeated Newport High School 1-0 at home today. This is the Wolverines’s fifth win in a row, keeping them undefeated in season play so far.
The 1-0 result marks the narrowest victory all season. The single goal was scored by team captain Mia Reilly ’18. Team members cite the victory as hard-fought.
“Newport has always been a tough competitor so there is no surprise that the game was so close,” team captain Alyse Tran ’18 said. “I think that it was more a reflection of them, because they seemed really broken up on the defense when we were in the offensive third.”
Newport is in a different league during most of the season. The Sunset League, the league that the Wolverines play in, plays all league teams twice and all non-league teams once. In addition, teams from multiple local leagues, including Sunset, all play each other during the finals. Last year, despite a low seed, Newport beat the Wolverines in the first round of CIF to win the overall league title.
The team is still looking to improve despite numerous recent successes.
“I think we were aggressive, scrappy and played at a fast pace, but one adjustment that we made at the half was trying to pass around their players rather than dribble through them,” stopper Cypress Toomey ’19 said. “In general, I think that while our instinct is to dribble, we need to know when to release the ball.”
The team will play Huntington Beach on Tuesday.
“I’m excited for the next game against Huntington Beach, they’re also a good team and I feel like by playing these stronger teams, our team can improve a lot,” left midfielder Isabella Huang ’19 said. “It’s looking pretty good so I have high hopes that we’ll play well.”