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Despite coming into the season with mostly underclassmen starting for the field hockey team, the girls still pulled together a 9-4-1 league record and qualified for District III play.
Senior captains Paige Taylor, Kendall Lookingbill, Taylor Bosley, and Sierra Bohlen provided good leadership and helped lead the young, inexperienced team towards success against very strong field hockey teams around the league.
Though they missed out on counties, the girls still had a “solid, strong finish,” head coach Carol Gillmen said, as they finished in the top three in Division I.
The team showed a lot of perseverance when they played many close games or fell behind and had to come back and win.
They had big wins against South Western and North Eastern, and “played phenomenal on senior night against Spring Grove,” Gillmen said.
Despite losing 2-0 in their District III playoff appearance against Governor Mifflin, the team had good passing combinations at times and had a lot of offensive penalty corners, the best opportunity to score in field hockey because there are twice as many players on offense than on defense, occurring when the defense commits a foul inside the shooting circle, that were just not capitalized upon, according to senior captain Taylor Bosley.
Next season, the team will have a “whole group of sophomores and freshmen with a season as varsity under their belt,” Gillmen said.
Jayla Godfrey will be returning to varsity as a senior after having 14 goals and four assists this past
season. Sophomore Jena Everett is another highly anticipated return for the Lady Lions, who recorded four
shutouts in her first varsity season as a goalkeeper.
“It was my first year on varsity and I didn’t know what to expect...I’m really proud of how far we did go, I was glad to go to districts,” Everett said.