The varsity field hockey team played back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, October 8_9, winning 2-0 over Choate and coming home with a 1-1 tie against Westminster.
In the Choate game, the Pelicans got off to a slow start, struggling to push the ball up the field and playing sloppy defense, but with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter, junior Molly Jordan sent a ball across the Choate defense that found the stick of sophomore Charlotte Sorenson. Sorenson collected the ball and passed to junior Grace Puskar, who tucked home a backhanded shot to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead.
The second and third quarters were battles of the defenses. Senior captains Maren Livingstone and Donatella DeFazio shut down the majority of Choate opportunities, and anything that did get past the dynamic duo was dealt with by junior goalkeeper Liz Winemaster.
Determined to finish the game with more than just one goal, the Pelicans changed their strategy and played a more aggressive style, and the change paid off. Early in the final quarter freshman Chloe Obser received the ball from the midfield after a solid succession of passes. Obser made a move to beat her defender and then found Jordan on the stroke line. Jordan one-timed a shot past the goalie to secure a 2-0 win for the Pelicans. The victory was Winemaster’s second shutout this year.
The next day the team got back on the bus to travel to Simsbury, Connecticut, and take on the Martlets. Westminster dominated the play in the first two quarters and jumped out to a 1-0 lead. The Pelicans regained their composure during halftime and opened the third quarter with three quality scoring opportunities although they were unable to convert on any of them. But, with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Pelican offense earned a corner, and senior Grace Morganthaler inserted a ball to junior Maggie Johnson, who slapped home a shot to the far post past the Westy keeper.
With the score tied 1-1 after regulation time, the game continued in overtime, but neither team produced a goal, ending the game in a tie.
Up next, the Pelicans host only their second home game of the year, playing against Sacred Heart Greenwich on Family Weekend, Saturday, October 13, at 3 p.m.