The St. Thomas More Lady Knights' field hockey team took the field against St. Jean de Brebeuf on Wednesday, October 3rd but, unfortunately, came up short in a frustrating 1 - 0 loss.
The Lady Knights charged onto the field, keeping the Braves on their toes. Within the first ten minutes the Knights dominated possession and even seemed to have snagged a goal. Due to one of those notorious technicalities, however, the goal did not count.
In field hockey, the ball must be within the “attacking circle” when shot to constitute a goal. Apparently, the shot was not taken from within the circle, according to the single umpire calling the game. On that note, rules and regulations of field hockey also state that a match must have two umpires. Between the single umpire and the overgrown, ill-managed field - which camouflaged the ball and the feet of the players - it was a hard call to validate.
These conditions, however, were agreed upon prior to the game and not much could be done to avoid them. “The last game at Billy Sherring [field] was difficult for all the teams because of the unsuitable field conditions”, said STM coach Ms. Schiestel.
Even with this initial setback, the Knights continued to play an intense game with several other attempts at a goal, but the Braves took the lead with their first goal in the second half. Despite the Knights' possession of the ball for what seemed to be 90% of the game, they couldn’t find the back of the cage to secure a win.
Regardless of the Braves' lead, the Knights played strong and showcased their teamwork and ever-improving skills. The energy of the team matched the energy of the fans (especially the parents) who jumped off their lawn chairs, cheering with uncontrollable excitement during every play.
Marisa Pileggi, a first year player, said “[the team] is disappointed in the game but sees it as motivation. We are getting stronger and we are working really hard to be the best we can be.” It is amazing to see students ranging from grades nine to twelve – some experienced, some just learning the game – working together as a collective force with a drive and spirit to be reckoned with. Ms. Schiestel noted, “Our rookie goalie, grade 10 student Venus Orig, has exceptional skill and will be an important part of our team's success.”
On Wednesday, October 10th, the girls defeated St. Mary’s 2 – 0 at home. From this point forward, all games will be held on STM’s own turf field.Play-offs begin for the Lady Knights on Monday, October 15th. Ms. Schiestel looks to the future with optimism, stating, “We have a young but talented team that the coaches expect to peak just in time to have a great play-off run.”