The Wilson College field hockey team opened up their first home game of the season with a win of 5-0 over Notre Dame Maryland on Sept. 1.
The Phoenix came out strong both halves and did not slow down their pace. Offensively the Phoenix dominated their own half. They had 28 shots on goal and 23 offensive penalty corners.
Like any game, it teaches athletes different lessons. Winning the home season opener helped the team in many ways.
“It gave us the confidence that we do have the skill and talent to win as a team. It allowed us to see what we were doing well and what we also need to improve upon more as we begin our road to championships,” Captain Kallie Butts ‘18 commented.
Offensively for the Phoenix, Michala Singer ‘21 led the team with two goals. Followed by Miranda Long ‘18, Lauren Moss ’19 and Kailey Mixell ‘21 who each scored one. The Phoenix defensively did not allow Notre Dame to take any shots during the whole game.
Singer who led the Phoenix in goals for the game, commented that scoring the first goal laid the foundation of a strong game.
“It gave the team extra confidence within each other and intensity to push through the game,” Singer said.
The unity of the field hockey team was clearly visible during the game. With four seniors, six juniors, one sophomore, and ten freshmen, the field hockey team sticks together and plays as a family.
“One of the best aspects of the game was seeing my teammates work together. You could not tell the difference between a senior and a freshman on that field. We all just wanted the same thing, which was to score and to win, and we have the talent and drive to do so. This team is special, and we are one team strong,” Butts said.
Singer who just began her first season with the Phoenix is looking forward to the opportunities and the experiences she will make with the team this year.
“I look forward to getting closer to all the girls on the team and continuing to dominate on the field with them,” Singer mentioned.
After ending last season with a record of 7-9 and getting runner-up at the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships, the Phoenix are ready for a successful season with their eyes set on winning the championship this year. With the time, talent, dedication and commitment this team put in, there looks to be many great games for students, faculty and staff to come watch.