Field Hockey: Piling Up the Shutouts

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The Senior girls field hockey team faced its usual hectic early season, completing no less than 11 matches in just eight days, a period of time that included two invitational tournaments.

Certainly, eight wins, one tie and two losses indicate a strong start. This began with a runner up finish at the Friendship Cup, played in stifling conditions at the Cowichan Sportsplex in Duncan on September 13/14. A very even and competitive tournament final saw SMUS drop a one goal game to Mark Isfeld of Courtenay, the decisive marker coming with less than thirty seconds to play.

The first Victoria league game then took place on September 16 with SMUS recording a 3-2 victory over Mt. Douglas.

Then, at the ISAs, hosted by Crofton House, SMUS defeated Brentwood and GNS, played to a scoreless draw vs last season’s provincial champions, Collingwood, and fell 2-0 to a strong home side. Somehow, despite three shutouts in four games, the team ended up in 5th place. Nevertheless, the tournament was a great experience as it provided the opportunity to face many of the schools who will figure in the BC AA provincials in November.

Though six key Grade 12 players graduated from last year’s extremely successful SMUS team, good depth and chemistry are already evident among the returnees. The potential to match or even surpass last season’s Island championship and provincial Final Four finishes is already evident, though there will be plenty of hard work ahead.

In the short term, key league games against GNS and Claremont await the team this week. They then embark on an October 2-6 tour to Ontario.

In addition to goalkeeper Shinai Sorensen, fellow senior Jenna Dhillon is off to a tremendous start, and has figured prominently in every game to date. Others on form have been tenacious Kasey Boyle and polished midfielder Josi Commichau.

Also in midfield, Chloe Keeler-Young has demonstrated terrific ball carrying skills, while Anna Mollenhauer, though only in Grade 9, has played with real maturity and toughness.

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