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Field Hockey vs. University Lake School

The University School field hockey team suffered its third shutout in a row losing to University Lake School 2-0 in a Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association game on Friday, October 5th at University Lake School in Hartland.

The Wildcats entered the week with an undefeated record in the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association and holding first place in the association.  But they did not score a goal in their three games during the week, and their record fell to 6-3-1 in the association.

The Wildcats had defeated their three opponents of the week in earlier games, so they know they have the ability, yet, with the state tournament playoffs just over a week away, they realize they need to make changes.

The USM coaches Andrea Burlew and Erin Heaney, did try some different players in different positions during the game Friday. For example, they moved senior captains Lexie Epperson and Michaela Fritz up as forwards, and Epperson nearly scored on one of the five shots the Wildcats put on Trina Hardin, the Lakers’ goalie.  The Wildcats’ goalkeeper, Mercy Godfrey made four saves, but the USM players conceded seven penalty corner opportunities, thereby allowing the Lakers added advantages.

Kelly Schroeder, another of USM’s captains, said, “As coach Heaney says, we have so much potential as a team, but right now we aren’t executing. It is frustrating to see. I think that this game against ULS really surprised us, and I believe on Monday we will come out ready to take back what we deserve.”

Friday’s game was scoreless in the first half. ULS scored the eventual game winner just over halfway through the second half.  The Lakers moved the ball down the right side of the field and curled toward the USM circle.  As players battled for the ball, Ella Wicks gained it then rifled a shot to the far side of the goal to make the score 1-0 with 12:05 left.

The Lakers scored their second goal off a set penalty corner play. Katie Hall took the insert on the high left side of the circle and drilled a low shot toward the net.  Elise Horner got the ball and fired a low shot into the backboard of the goal with 1:12 left in the game. It guaranteed the Lakers a victory to celebrate at their Homecoming.

After the loss, Fritz said, “It’s frustrating knowing that we have so much talent yet we are too tired to execute. We hope to get out of this slump and pick up the intensity

USM is now 6-4-4 and 6-3-1 in the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association. The Wildcats hope to make changes in their play the Divine Savior Holy Angels Varsity Reserve in a Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association game at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8th at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee.

Scoring:

Team   Half     Time                Goal Scorer                 Assist

ULS      2          12:05               Ella Wicks
ULS      2          1;12                 Elise Horner                Katie Hall

Goaltending:

Team   Goalkeeper                             Saves

USM    Mercy Godfrey                          4

ULS      Trina Hardin                              5