Field Hockey Gets First Win with Williams at the Helm

 

The girls varsity field hockey team won its first game of the season 1-0 on Wednesday, September 21, against the Lions of St. Mark’s.

In the opening minutes of the game, the Pelicans pushed the ball up the field with pace and earned a penalty corner advantage. Leading the charge on offense were senior captains Maggie Johnson and Fiona Murphy, sophomore Katie Sigrist, and freshman Kathryn Smith. They all recorded shots on target but couldn’t find the back of the net in the first half despite their tremendous effort.

On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Campbell Hanson and freshmen Megan Hosman and Annie Schwarz were steadfast in keeping the St. Mark’s offense away from the goal. The few chances the Lions did get were calmly turned away by senior captain and goalkeeper Liz Winemaster, who finished the game with a clean sheet and seven saves.   

In the fourth quarter, a collective team effort led to one last push before the final whistle, and after minutes of intense pressure by the Pelicans the ball fell to sophomore Presley Paredes, who fired the ball across the goal mouth to Murphy, who tucked home the game winner with less than a minute in the game.

The win is the first for head coach Lauren Williams and assistant coach Megan Hazard. The Pelicans move to one win and one loss on the year. Up next, the Pelicans host perennial power Phillips Academy on Saturday, September 24, on the Upper Turf at 2 p.m.

Head coach Lauren Williams led the Pelicans to a 1-0 victory, her first as the head coach of the varsity field hockey program.

Head coach Lauren Williams records her first win at the helm of the field hockey program.