Field hockey eliminated in 1st round of CIF playoffs

By Alex Leichenger

 

A goal by Fountain Valley in overtime sent the field hockey team to a season-ending 1-0 defeat Nov. 2 at Ted Slavin Field. The team’s first round matchup in CIF Playoffs was deadlocked in a 0-0 tie until the sudden-death goal brought the game and season to an abrupt end.

The Wolverines finished the season with a 10-3-2 overall record. Their 6-1-1 mark in league was good for second place behind Glendora.

Despite the playoff loss, goalie Adrianna Crovo ’11 considered the season a huge success for a team that had lost nine starters from the previous year.

“For what was originally considered a transition year, I couldn’t have asked for us to have done better,” she said.

But Crovo, who surrendered the deciding goal in the Fountain Valley game, was stung by the heartbreaking end to the team’s season.

“Watching the ball roll across the line and knowing that was your last chance at moving on is an indescribably terrible feeling,” she said.

After their first loss of the regular season, a 1-0 decision against Huntington Beach Sept. 17, the Wolverines did not lose another game for over a month.

Their streak was snapped by Glendora in the final game of the regular season Oct. 29. The 2-1 loss was the only game out of 15 total in which the Wolverines’ opponent scored more than one goal.

“With our team being as close as we became this season, our expectations for next year’s season are so high,” Kristen Lee ’12 said. “We are definitely woken up by the outcome of this season and we are ready to go into next year fully determined to win for the seniors, not only this year’s but for all of those seniors who have come before us.”

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