The varsity field hockey team's game against Choate on Wednesday in Wallingford, Conn., was a nail-biter from start to finish, and it took a suspenseful overtime period between the evenly matched teams to decide the winner: the Pelicans.
Within the first 10 minutes of the game, Choate took the lead, scoring on a breakaway. Loomis was quick to respond with goal scored by senior Sophie Weaver, who tipped in a shot from senior captain Cali Stevens. A few minutes later the Wild Boars scored two more goals, taking a 3-1 lead.
Energized by her goal, Weaver dodged defenders and got the ball into Choate's circle multiple times, and Loomis earned 11 corners in the first half. With 1:42 left in the first half, the Pelicans capitalized on one of their corners as senior Cara Keogh fought hard in front of the goal and eventually was able to fire the ball into the back of the net thanks to a pass from Stevens.
With the momentum on its side, Loomis came out in the second half determined to win the game, and only five minutes into the second half Keogh scored again. Receiving a pass from sophomore Bailey Prete, Keogh dodged the goalie and tied the game at three goals each.
Loomis had possession of the ball for the majority of the second half and earned nine more corners. With the clock winding down, both teams tried desperately but unsuccessfully to score. At the end of regulation, the game moved into sudden-death overtime.
The overtime did not start the way the Pelicans would have liked, as Choate took multiple shots on goal, but thanks to a series of amazing saves from senior goalie Sarah Olender (who had a total of seven vital saves during the game and overtime), Loomis quickly regained possession.
With the JV team cheering hard on the sideline, Stevens stole the ball from one of Choate's offensive players and made a beautiful pass to junior captain Katie Begley. With skill and precision, Begley flew up the field with the ball, making a 75-yard run while dodging multiple aggressive defenders until she reached the circle. Once inside the circle, Begley fired an on-the-run, against-the-grain drive that hit the bottom left corner of the goal. The run and finish by Begley was one of the most impressive plays Loomis has seen all season. The whole team erupted in cheers and sprinted onto the field to celebrate the victory.
The team looks forward to hosting Deerfield Academy on Saturday during Parents Weekend on the upper turf at 2:30 p.m.