Field Hockey Remains Undefeated


Tony Kosiyachinda

Coach Natoli helps keep her Lady Coyotes undefeated.

Steven Shifflett, Reporter

The Lady Coyotes remained undefeated in  the 2017 season after they shutout Poolesville in their home opener 1-0 Tuesday night improving their record to 2-0-1.

One goal is all that was needed in the game thanks to the defense from the Coyotes; the Falcons had to earn every shot they took. The only goal of the game, scored by senior Sydney Bencal and assisted by senior Kirsten Miller, came with just 1:00 remaining in the first half. Clarksburg scrapped for the sole goal in the game by pinning the Falcons down and getting the ball into the circle following a precise deflection pass from Miller to Bencal for the score.

“Well the ball came right to me from the outside and I deflected it perfectly to Sydney and she was able to hit it in easily,” Miller said.

The goal was Bencal’s third on the early season putting her at the top of the team pack in scoring. However, the highlight of the night for the Coyotes was the outstanding performance on defense throughout all sixty minutes. Senior captain center back, Abby Smith thought so as well.

“The defense was able to work together as a team to set up the offense for success, and we never gave up even when the game got frustrating,” Smith said.

The game came down to the wire, and in the end the Coyotes pulled through just enough to hold onto the tight lead and turn it into a victory. Junior captain and Delaware University commit, Anna Bertrand believed it came down to mental toughness.

“It was a hard fight but in the end we came out wanting it more and just having more heart,” Bertrand said.

The Coyotes later defeated Seneca Valley 3-0 Thursday and then won the Magruder Invitational tournament  for the 3rd consecutive year Saturday. The team’s next game will be 7 p.m. Friday at Blake.