By Alex Leichenger
Head Coach Erin Creznic pointed to exceptional team speed as a sign for optimism as the girlsâ field hockey team begins its Mission League title defense at Westminster Thursday.
“A lot of senior girls left last year so this year the varsity team is like a whole new team,” Katrina Okano â11 said.
“Iâm excited to see this yearâs senior class step up and be the leaders of the team after many years of being in the shadows of last yearâs senior class, which was very strong and vocal,” Creznic said. “Although we lost a lot of talented players, we have incredible speed this year, which weâre hoping to exploit for many victories.” Creznic is also encouraged by the talent of new goalie Adrianna Crovo â11.
The 2008 Wolverines were undefeated in Mission League play, but suffered two losses to non-league opponent Newport, one of which ended their run in CIF Playoffs. Although the two teams are not scheduled to meet during this yearâs regular season, a playoff rematch remains possible.
“[Newport] has always been our toughest challenge and has beaten us every year, but I think if we stay focused and really work hard then we definitely have a chance of beating them,” Okano said.
Last year the team had won league with a record of 5-0-2.
“It is always hard to win league two years in a row, but I think with our teamâs speed anything can happen,” Creznic said.