Wolverines expect to defend title

After defeating Edison High School 2-0 in the Los Angeles Field Hockey Association Championship last season, the biggest game on the schedule this season is the team’s Sept. 12 rematch against the Chargers.

Last season, the team went 9-1-1 in Mission League play on their way to yet another league title.

“We have a lot of new, young players, and we also have a strong senior class, and I know we are looking for a repeat of last years’ LAFHA Championship,” Maddie Oswald ’15 said.

This past weekend, the team played a tournament in St. Louis against some of the top teams in the nation to prepare them for the tougher teams in the Southern California area. It was the first time the squad played together as a whole, and they worked out the problems in their offense and defense. The results of the tournament were not available as of press time.

“It was great to get together and play in a tournament before school starts,” Brooke Reese ’15 said. “We really became a cohesive team.”

The team is trying to cope with the loss of captain and center midfielder Glenne Carter ’14 as well as seven other seniors. Therefore, many underclassmen will have to play bigger roles than they did last year.

“Glenne was a great team leader and we’ll definitely need to replace her talent as well as leadership on the field,” Caitlin Neapole ’16 said. “We have a lot of new players added to our team this season. We kept our roster small for this year, so all the new players will gain lots of experience playing at a higher level, and many of them will have starting positions.”

Other games to watch for this season are against the Huntington Beach Oilers and the Bonita Bearcats. In the 2012 season Huntington Beach beat the Wolverines in the Los Angeles Field Hockey Association Championship, creating a recurring rivalry between the two. After the Homecoming game last year was canceled, The Bonita game on Homecoming this year one that the team is very much looking forward to.

“It is very exciting to play again on Homecoming since last year was the first time we haven’t played on that Homecoming Saturday,” Oswald said.

While the Wolverines did not play on homecoming last year, they have played in years past along with football, volleyball, and water polo.

Before the team’s big game against Edison, the squad will have two games against Westminster and Marina after the St. Louis trip to prepare. They played in a scrimmage against Newport Harbor yesterday but results were not kept in compliance with the LAFHA rule against officially recording scrimmage scores.

Their date with Edison, which are ones to watch for this season are the games against the Huntington Beach Oilers and the Bonita Bearcats. In the 2012 season Huntington Beach beat the team in the Los Angeles Field Hockey Association Championship, creating a recurring rivalry between the two. After the Homecoming game last year was canceled, The Bonita game on Homecoming this year one that the team is very much looking forward to.

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