Fresh off their victory at a National Independent Schools Tournament in Ontario, the Senior girls field hockey team turned its attention to local matters. A pair of 3-1 victories, over Mt. Douglas and Claremont, left SMUS unbeaten in league play, with the team then focusing on the prestigious Bridgman Cup. Held over the Thanksgiving break, the tournament is the oldest in North America and certainly regarded as the most prestigious in BC. Played at UVic, the event features hockey of the highest quality, with all the provincial powerhouse programs in attendance.
SMUS opened against AAA #1 ranked Cowichan, with the Thunderbirds controlling play en route to a 2-0 win. However, behind two goals from Kasey Boyle, the Blue Jags then bounced back to defeat North Vancouver’s Carson Graham by the same score.
While the third game was a rather unsightly 1-0 loss to Little Flower Academy, this result was immediately brightened with the news that, thanks to goal difference, SMUS still claimed second place in the pool and so moved into the tournament championship flight.
In the quarterfinal, SMUS put highly regarded South Delta under pressure for good periods of the game. Yet, though Josi Commichau and Jenna Dhillon performed superbly in midfield, the team could not find the net in a 2-0 loss. Two subsequent placing games also produced some frustrations, with a 1-0 shootout loss to Frances Kelsey followed by, despite a goal from Rylee Boyle, a 2-1 defeat to Heritage Woods.
Even though these results left SMUS in 8th place, the tournament games provided more valuable preparation for the upcoming Island AA Tournament. Goalkeeper Shinai Sorensen performed strongly against all the top teams in BC, while players coming off the bench scarcely put a foot wrong. The only disappointment was failing to convert possession, territorial superiority and scoring chances into goals! This will be the main focus of practice as the group prepares for a big game against GNS on Wednesday, October 16 and Islands the following week.