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Road to Redemption: Varsity Field Hockey has High Hopes

     The Oakland Mills Varsity Field Hockey team will be playing their final game at River Hill on October 27 at 7:00 PM.

     On Tuesday, September 20, the OM field hockey team went against the Meade Mustangs for their first game at hOMe. After a tough 0-3 start losing to Reservoir, Southern, and North County High School, the team decided that it was time to change things, starting with the game against Meade High School. The Scorpions took advantage of being at home and won 2-0 over Meade. Returning senior goalkeeper Lizzie Yu played an absolutely outstanding game with a total of 18 saves against Meade. Senior Leah Roberts scored a goal, as did sophomore Hannah Smelkinson. Sophomore Gretchen Bigasova was responsible for both assists.

     But the Scorps didn’t stop there. On September 28, the girls had a game against Glen Burnie High School at Oakland Mills. They were determined to make an even bigger statement, and did so by shutting out Glen Burnie in an amazing 11-0 win, now making them 2-3 on the season. The leading scorer, Leah Roberts, scored a total of six goals. “This is a double hat trick, which is so rare in one single game!” exclaimed Coach Boettcher. Other Scorps who scored were freshman Kenzie Minarcin with two goals, sophomore Sheridan Tacey with one goal, and both Hannah Smelkinson and Gretchen Bigasova with one goal. Goalie Lizzie Yu had two saves. Coach Boettcher was very happy with their performance. “Never has Oakland Mills scored so many goals in a season let alone one game.”

     Boettcher also added “Leah Roberts, a senior this year, played an amazing game at Midfield. She set the tone of this game and pushed forward. This allowed the offensive line to rally and make productive and effective passes to the goal.”. The coach also went on to talk about the superior offense and defense they had while playing the game: “Midfielders Kenzie Minarcin, and Peyton Gomes, played aggressively and kept the ball on our offensive side about 90% of the game. Defensively, Freshman Cori Lawson had numerous stops where her speed and agility really showcased when she dribbled the ball into our offensive circle, over 50 yard breakaways.”

     Boettcher also explained how the team has come together and recognizing their strengths and abilities. “We are on a mission to show that we are the new Oakland Mills field hockey team and we come to conquer!” she stated. The Scorps have conquered a season to be proud of, tripling the amount of last season’s games won with a current record of 3-9.

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