For a team trying to learn how to play together, it was baptism by fire in their season opener. And even though the final score did not turn out in their favor, the match could be the best thing to happen to Hanover Hawks field hockey all season long.
Facing the team that ended their 2013 season, Hanover fought tooth and nail with the Midlothian Trojans Monday, relying on conditioning, defense, and outstanding goalkeeping from a sophomore, pushing the match all the way to penalty strokes. That is where Midlothian took control, sending three of their four strokes into the box to seal a 4-2 victory.
“In these types of games, it can really go either way,” said Hanover head coach Sarah Bottorff. “You win some, you lose some, and today wasn’t our day and you move forward.”
Even with home field, the Hawks, lacking depth and introducing three sophomores in key positions, lead by Rachael Weis in goal, were considered underdogs to the deeper, more experienced Trojans, who beat Hanover 1-0 in the Conference 20 semifinals last year. It would be Hanover, though, who lit up the scoreboard first.
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