Field Hockey vs. Divine Savior Holy Angels Varsity Reserve
It’s good to win again. After suffering three straight defeats, the members of the University School field hockey team were ready for a change on Monday, October 8th at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee. They played well and defeated the Divine Savior Holy Angels Varsity Reserve 5-0 in a Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association game.
The Wildcats had not scored in three games, so they were determined to shoot. USM took 21 shots on goal in the game, and conceded just one to DSHA. Consequently, the five goals they tallied on Monday were certainly welcome. Four different players put shots past the DSHA goalkeepers. Ashley Vogel scored two for USM, while Natalie Epperson, Athena Borca and Greta Hinke scored a goal apiece.
More importantly for USM, all of the goals came as a result of team play. In their three losses, the Wildcats had not connected well on passes and had not made off the ball runs to effect scoring chances. That changed in the game Monday.
One of USM’s captains, Kelly Schroeder emphasized the change in the Wildcats’ efforts, “We finally played as a team. After a rough few games, we were able to come back together and dominate the game. Now we just need to perform like we did today during playoffs.”
USM scored the game’s first goal as a result of perfection passing during a penalty corner play. Taking the insert, Hinke passed the ball across the DSHA circle to Tunmi Omoloja. In turn, Omoloja passed it back across to Epperson who had moved toward the goalpost. Epperson popped the ball past Grace Goller, DSHA’s starting goalie with 24:20 left in the first half.
Enlivened by their goal, the Wildcats kept at it. They scored again at 18:05. They moved the ball into the DSHA circle. During a fight for the ball in front of Goller that looked like a swarm of cooks stirring a pot of chili, Vogel snared the ball and spooned a shot into the net to give USM a 2-0 lead.
More good passing led to USM’s third goal. Hinke gained control of the ball outside the Dashers’ circle and gunned a pass to Omoloja. Omoloja quickly passed it to the other side where Vogel had moved toward the net. Vogel one-timed a shot past Goller at 12:13.
The Wildcats scored one more goal in the half. They got the ball in front of Goller and fired away. Goller stopped a couple of USM shots during the kerfuffle, but Borca made her shot sure, putting USM ahead by four at 8:30.
The Wildcats worked on positioning and ball movement during the second half and looked like a team they had been when they started the season with a strong 4-0 start. Their passing was crisp and on target and players got in position well.
USM scored the game’s final goal at 16:32 of the second half. Meg Stewart ran the ball down the side and cut toward the circle. She crossed the ball to Hinke on the far side and Hinke steered it past Alayana Wigchers, who played goalie for DSHA in the second half.
As a result of the important win, USM is now 7-4-4 and 7-3-1 in the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association. The Wildcats hope to continue to play well when they host the Arrowhead Varsity Reserve in a Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association game at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th.
Team Half Time Goal Scorer Assist Assist
USM 1 24:20 Natalie Epperson Tunmi Omoloja Greta Hinke
USM 1 18:05 Ashley Vogel
USM 1 12:13 Vogel Omoloja Hinke
USM 1 8:30 Athena Borca
USM 2 16:32 Hinke Meg Stewart
Team Goalkeeper Saves Goals Allowed
USM Aspyn Koslowski 1 0
USM Mercy Godfrey 0 0
DSHA Grace Goller 10 4
DSHA Alayana Wigchers 6 1