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Field Hockey vs. Arrowhead

The University School field hockey team tied Arrowhead 2-2 in overtime in a Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association thriller on Thursday, October 3rd at USM.

It was the third game of the season between the two Association contenders. USM won the first in August, 2-0.  The Warhawks won the second, 2-1 in September.  The tie in October gave the Wildcats a one-goal positive disparity between the two teams for the season.

After playing some of their best field hockey of the year while defeating Brookfield Academy 2-0 the day before, the Wildcats were fatigued but still ready to take on Arrowhead. 

Athena Borca, one of USM’s captains, put it this way, “We were very tired from our BA game the day before, and it was really tough playing back to back games against such competitive teams. However, we held our own during the game and didn’t give up. Hopefully, we can rest and be back better than ever when we play again.”

The Warhawks attacked the weary Wildcats and forced USM into giving up 12 penalty corner opportunities in the contest.  The Wildcat defense allowed their visitors to score on just one of those corners.  The play came early in the game.  Annie Bartosz inserted the ball to Chloe Relford who got a shot off just before the USM flyer reached her. The ball tipped off a USM defender’s stick, rose to hit the cross bar of the goal and drop behind USM’s goalkeeper Aspyn Koslowski with 24:38 left in the first half.

But the Wildcats were determined and they rallied from behind twice in the game.  They tied the score with 9:49 left in the opening 30 minute period.  As the Wildcats pressured the Arrowhead circle, Borca got the ball on the right side.  She slid a short pass to Natalie Epperson.  As cool as a popsicle in the Arctic, Epperson took a reverse sweep shot that zipped past Arrowhead’s goalie, Katie Weston, to make the score 1-1.

Arrowhead regained the lead early in the second half.  They sped into USM territory. From outside the circle on the left side, Caroline Myers knocked a pass into the circle’s center to Ziara Saringi who took a quick shot. The rebound caromed back to Scaringi who made her second shot count, giving the Warhawks a 2-1 lead at 17:06.

Time ticked on; the situation became more dire for the home team and its fans.  But the Wildcats refused to give up. They eventually tied the score once more with just 2:31 left in regulation time.

On the play, Epperson brought the ball down the left side and passed it to Greta Hinke just inside the Arrowhead circle.  Hinke immediately sent it deep toward Grace Tuttle.  An Arrowhead defender intercepted the pass along the goal line, but Tuttle wanted the ball.  She swiftly swiped it away, and in one quick motion, she put an off-angle shot on net.  The ball flew past Weston and inside the far post for the tying goal.

The score stayed tied at two, so the game went into a 10 minute overtime, during which each team played with a goalkeeper and six field players.  The Wildcats allowed Arrowhead to have 3 penalty corners in the overtime, but the USM defense refused to yield.  The Warhawks were unable to take a shot on goal in the extra period.  The Wildcats didn’t take a shot either and the game drew to a draw.

The shot totals showed how close the game had been.  Both Koslowski and Weston made just three saves in the match, and each allowed two goals.

As a result of the tie, USM’s record is now 10-7-3 and 7-4-1 in the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association.  The Wildcats play Divine Savior Holy Angels in a Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association game at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8th at the Uihlein Soccer Complex on Milwaukee.