Team loses in league semifinals

Eli Adler

After losing in the first round of the Los Angeles Field Hockey Association playoffs in the 2015 season, the squad rebounded to advance to the semifinals this season.

After beating the then-reigning champions, Edison, in the first game of the season, the squad cruised to a 15-3-3 overall record and an undefeated 8-0 league record, which they attributed to the closeness of the players.

“I think what really made this season successful was that fact that our team was close on and off the field, and that we worked really hard and were able to go undefeated in league which we haven’t been able to do for a few years,” Nicole Bahar ’18 said.

In the first round of the playoffs, the team defeated Marina by a score of 5-1 at home.

“We tried not to let it get to our heads too much because we knew that the next round would be even tougher,” she said.  “However, it was pretty awesome beating the team who had beat us in the first round of the playoffs the last two years,” Carolyn Kim ’18 said.

They were defeated 2-1 at home in the next round by Newport, who was the only team that had beat them during the regular season.

The team ended up finishing fourth place in the playoffs, losing to Huntington Beach High School 1-0 in the third place game.

“It was very disappointing to go through the the regular season undefeated and then get kicked out of the playoffs in the second round,” Kim said.

Even though the team did not accomplish the goal they had set for themselves at the beginning of the season of winning the league championship, they did not find themselves down over the fact they had lost.

“We never really had any low points [throughout the season],”  Erin Lee ’18 said. “Even when we lost in semifinals, we were still positive about playing in the third place game.”

Furthermore, the team emphasized the successes they enjoyed this season, including their defeat of Bonita in their first league game of the season by a score of 1-0.

“The highest point of our season was definitely when we won during sudden death against Bonita,” she said.  “We had never won a sudden death before, so it was amazing that we came together and were able to pull through.”

The squad will lose five strong graduating seniors, which will make it hard for the team to readjust next year.

However, they expect to come back even stronger than last year.

“I do think it will be rough to start considering we are losing very talented players, but if there’s one thing to be said about our team, it’s that we always bounce back better,” Kim said.