Girls field hockey team builds strength from within

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Madalyn Persing

SL field hockey team working hard to defeat Parkland.

Isabelle Johnson, Social Media Editor

The Southern Lehigh girls’ field hockey team took on the fall season with a positive outlook and hasn’t let go of it since. At the time of publication, their record is 9–2–1 and they continue to practice daily in hopes of success for the remainder of the season. 

“The season has been going well,” head coach Mrs. Adrienne Searfoss said. “The girls are working to improve.”

In addition to qualifying for Colonial League playoffs, the team has their sights set on playing at the district and state competitions.. To do so, the team aims to win their last five games successfully, putting them in a favorable position to achieve their aspirations.

“Our main goals are to score, work hard, have fun, and be there for the people next to us on the field,” sophomore Macey Reese said.

This year, a challenge has been reestablishing the strong team bond after losing many driven, determined seniors from last season. Although the team dynamic has changed, the new seniors have risen to the occasion and are working to strengthen connections daily.

“Honestly, it was a little bit scary losing a bunch of our seniors, but I think a lot of people stepped up,” senior and captain Savannah Giannattasio said.  “The more we play together, the more we are connecting and creating a bond in our team that helps us in the games.”

The freshmen have proven a great new addition to the team. While inexperienced, they work hard each practice and contribute their skills regularly. 

“The freshmen have fit in really nice,” said Mrs. Searfoss. “There is a big group of them, so they have fit in well with each other and then fit in well with the group.

The devoted players and their coach contribute to the success of the team. Each day, they continue to strive closer to their goals for the rest of the season. As the team works towards greatness, their bonds also become closer. 

“My favorite part of being on the team is just being with them and having built-in best friends,” said Reese. “I always have a place to go after school where I know I can be myself, have fun, and do the sport that I love.”