Field Hockey Remains Undefeated at Home
By Hank Hahne, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg Field Hockey team has reached the halfway point in their season. The team has had some great momentum at this early stage, highlighted by an undefeated record at home.
Most of the first half of the season has been played out of conference, but the Bullets currently have a respectable 2-1 record in conference play thus far. This initial record should provide a strong base to work from as the second half of the schedule becomes more conference focused. In addition, the Bullets have played exceedingly well at Musselman Stadium this fall, going undefeated in their four home games.
Gettysburg’s most recent home outing continued their reputation at home as the team put in a dominant 6-2 victory over McDaniel. The Bullets threw everything they had at the McDaniel defense, logging 39 shots (23 on goal) to their opponent’s 8 (6 on goal), 21 corners to their opponent’s 4, and forcing 17 saves to their opponent’s 4. Junior Julia Soares found the net twice in the contest to score in her fourth straight game.
Winning ways came to an end last Saturday as Gettysburg traveled to Ursinus. In the first half, a backhanded shot from sophomore Allison Cavicchio cancelled out an initial Ursinus goal, but two late strikes from the opposing team would end the Bullets’ hopes of extending the streak.
Tuesday night’s matchup at Stevenson did not provide a rebound for the Bullets as Gettysburg was shut out in a 3-0 loss. The Blue and Orange outshot Stevenson 20-11, but Stevenson goalkeeper Kelsey Eure put up 12 saves while her teammate, Sara McVey, netted a hat-trick on offense. The Bullets put the pressure on in the second half but couldn’t finish their chances to get back into the game.
In the bigger picture of the Centennial Conference this season, multiple Gettysburg players have been on the top of their game up to this point. Junior Julia Soares, with her four-game scoring streak, is currently second in the conference for goals and points with 7 goals and 15 points. She also leads in shots taken. Sophomore Grace Torrance leads the conference in assists with 4. In addition, junior Jillian Caputo is fourth in the conference for saves with 49.
“We have all committed… to play for each other. No one is concerned about who is scoring, rather we are focusing on competing as a unit,” Coach Barb Jordan said. “It is imperative that as a team we limit our unforced errors and we each ‘do our job’. We are always working to improve our stickwork, passing game, and defensive positioning.”
When asked how the abundance of non-conference games has set the tone for the season, Coach Jordan said, “It is a very very challenging conference…each game it is essential to bring our best effort. Our non-conference games are challenging as well, and I think they help us prepare for the conference games mentally and physically.”
The Field Hockey team is back in Centennial Conference action on Saturday at Bryn Mawr and will return home on Wednesday for a non-conference game against Messiah.