For the first time in program history, the Wilson College Field Hockey team won the conference championship and headed to the NCAA tournament. On November 9, the Phoenix defeated the Keystone College Giants on their turf to be crowned victorious by a score of 1-0 in an overtime thriller.
With a game that saw a lot of back and forth action, Wilson stood their ground and did not let Keystone score. There were a few amazing saves that prevented goals which were made by Bethany Comp ’21 and Breeann Sheaffer ’22. In the later part of overtime, Forward Michaela Singer ’21 scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Alexis Pflumm to edge out the Giants.
With this being the second meeting between the two teams, fans knew they were in for another good game that would determine the title. In a game that saw the Phoenix as underdogs, there were a lot of opportunities for the Giants to capitalize but key saves were made by the Phoenix.
“Even though we were considered the underdogs, I think our team had the greater desire to win over the other teams,” Singer ’21 said. “We came in with the mindset that we were unstoppable, and we were able to prove everyone who doubted us wrong,” Singer added.
Having that desire to win came from the last time the Phoenix faced Keystone during the regular season, a game in which the Phoenix came up just short in what was another overtime classic.
This time around, though, the Phoenix had a different mindset coming into the game, knowing what the game would entail.
“When I stepped onto the field, I felt different and just had a really good feeling throughout the game that we had this,” Breeann Sheaffer ’22 said, who was named the championship game MVP.
“We knew we were the underdogs from day one,” Bethany Comp ’21 said. “The CSAC [Colonial States Athletic Conference] poll ranked us third before the season started and that angered us returners after being second the year before.” Comp stated.
One of the things that separates field hockey at Wilson from other sports is the support that typically comes from the parents. Nearly every parent that had a daughter playing supported the team for every game, no matter the distance. After winning the championship game, though, the support came from more than just the parents; it also came from students and faculty on campus.
“The support from the fans had a huge impact in the team’s success,” Singer mentioned. “Parents would send encouraging messages, cheer from the sidelines and the college was very supportive as well as they streamed the game in the dining hall and sent out emails to congratulate the team.”
“Shelly [Novak] gave us an amazing pep talk before we stepped on that field and she supported and believed in us since day one,” Comp ’21 mentioned. “As well as the parents who traveled all that way up to us on the field was also such an amazing feeling,” Comp added.
This game meant a lot to fans, parents, coaches, and most importantly the players. Aside from the importance of winning the game, this game alone set the tone for the program.