Solehi Field Hockey Makes Run for States


Hannah Bausher

The team huddles around for a pep talk from Coach Searfoss as they strategize their next move.

This year old and new faces mix on the Southern Lehigh Field Hockey pitch, which the team affectionately refers to as “The Pasture.” It is on this field that the current graduating class has remained undefeated for all four seasons of their career. Their success at home has motivated them to set their sights high.

“[We want to] make it as far as we can in states,” senior captain Riley Macintosh said.

After a COVID prompted a hiatus last year, high school biology teacher Mrs. Adrienne Searfoss has returned as the team’s head coach, hitting the ground with both feet running and several ambitious goals.

“We want to reclaim the Colonial League title [from Northwestern Lehigh] and defend our district title,” Coach Searfoss said.

The team was able to accomplish this goal and thus far remains undefeated with an 18-0 record in the league overall, including the postseason. The team also has one final goal for this season.

“We want to get Coach Searfoss to states,” Macintosh said.

In past years the team has been very successful, and the class of 2022 has an accumulated record of 51-5-1in the Colonial League. Over the course of that time together teammates have collected many memories from all the games, practices, and team building events.

“[My favorite memories are] winning leagues sophomore year, all the pasta parties, and team sleepovers,” senior captain Hannah Bausher said.

With many successes already behind them and more hopefully to come, the field hockey team now prepares for the postseason. As they have done in the past, the team visits nearby turf fields for practices to ready themselves for playoff games on turf.

While the team will lose six seniors, they will pass the torch remaining players to carry on the legacy for years to come. The team will next see action against Lehighton at Nazareth at 7 PM on November 2nd. If the Spartans prevail then they will play the victor of the Bangor-Pocono Mountain East game on November 6th at Whitehall.