Girls field hockey’s first win

Photo courtesy of Scott Mullin of the Stamford Advocate // Westhill's varsity field hockey team in a game against Stamford High this past September.

The girl’s field hockey team finally got something to show for all of their hard work: their first win. Coming off of last year’s winning record of 8-4-1, they not only made it into the State tournament, but also qualified for the FCIAC tournament. Last year was a very positive year for the team, but that’s because their starting lineup was made up of nine seniors out of the possible eleven on the field. Lack of seniors is a huge problem for any sports team.

 “I knew that everyone was going to come ready to face the challenge of practically starting from scratch,” junior captain Paige Sottosanti said.
 The team was definitely at a loss coming into the season, but they trained hard during the summer, and prepared as best as they could for their upcoming season. 
Their first game of the season was against Fairfield Warde, and they came just shy of a win in a 0-1 loss. Fairfield Warde was in the same predicament as Westhill as they too lost a significant number of seniors. Even though they lost, a lot of good came out of that game for Westhill.
“I wasn’t expecting everyone to play so well together as a team and really cooperate with each other,” senior captain Jenna Lewis said.
Even though this losing streak continued on for the next 10 games, the team wasn’t too upset because they knew that they just had to keep training and playing. 
As the season progressed, Westhill had participated in and lost ten games. In their tenth game, they played St. Joe’s and according to Jenna Lewis, it “was a beatable team”. At the end of the gruesome match versus St. Joe’s, Westhill finally came away victorious with a 2-1 win.
“It felt so good to finally win a game. We knew all our hard work and dedication was paying off. We have undoubtedly improved throughout the season. We are hoping to play our best and get a few more wins to end the season on a positive note,” Sottosanti said.

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