Offense powers Wildcats past Brentwood


Chris Barnett

Kelsey Lanham, forward, scores against Brentwood, Sept. 23.

The Varsity Field Hockey Team faced off with the Brentwood Eagles, Sept. 23.

Getting off to a hot start, the Wildcats scored two goals within the first eight minutes. The first was scored by Caroline Taylor, midfield, just two minutes in. The next was scored six minutes later by Miranda Sherman, forward.

“To get a couple of goals early was great,” Mr. Joe Wehrle, head coach, said. “It took some of the pressure off.”

The Wildcats added another goal before halftime when Sherman shot her second goal past the Brentwood goalie.

At halftime, with a 3-0 lead, the Wildcats recognized Marissa Albanello, defense; Elizabeth Darrow, forward; Jenna Van Oyen, goaltender; Samantha Zweifel, defense and Taylor as a part of Senior Day for the team.

The seniors helped lead the team to victory with both leadership and talent.

“We’ve got five great seniors,” Coach Wehrle said. “They’ve been great players and leaders all year.” The evidence of this leadership can be found in the advice and encouragement coming on and off the field.

The second half started almost as quickly as the first half as Kelsey Lanham, forward, knocked the ball into the back of the net.

With 14 minutes left in the game, Sherman completed the hat-trick, a rare feat for the Wildcats. “It was really cool to get three goals in the same game.”

Coach Wehrle summed up Sherman’s performance, “Miranda was outstanding.”

The Wildcats couldn’t quite finish the shutout as an Eagles’ forward snuck a shot just to the side of Van Oyen with two minutes to go.

“We tried to play hard,” Coach Wehrle said. “We just tried to keep the pressure on them. Fortunately that got us a win.”

“It was really cool to win for the seniors,” Sherman said.

The next game for the Wildcats is at home against Lutheran South, Sept. 26.