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U16 Take over Kentucky 


Blog #19.2

 


USA Field Hockey
National Indoor Tournament Qualifiers

Our U16 club teams made the journey to Kentucky this past weekend for NIT qualifiers.  U16 green played a strong close game against Aim Blue, late into the second half Maggie Spire secured the win with a beautiful goal on a fast break. Great defensive play from Delia Chen and Mira Kisslinger helped our defense dominate, keeping the score 1-0. Green lost game 2 against a strong IFHCK Fire team. The girls fought until the end and held there own but ultimately did not end up on top. For Game 3, the girls were fired up and ready to get back to winning ways, the girls did a great job of playing fast and dominated against Texas Pride White, and ended the game with a 2-0 victory. Katherine Yi showed a great performance in the big win. With a victory in game 3, green finished second in their pool awaiting their opponent in the crossover games.  In the crossover game, Green would go up to face a tenacious Stealth Fire, the girls played a competitive game, but ultimately ended with a loss. We are so proud of how hard our Green team worked this weekend, and are already looking forward to next year’s NIT qualifiers – with the hopes of securing our first ever bid into the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament! In the meantime, our Green team will continue to prepare during the rest of our tournaments this winter season!

Koa Green defending free push out of the circle 

U16 White started off the day playing against a tough Metro HC Bronze team, the girls kept themselves in the game and ended the game with a 0-2 lose.  Ready to get their first win of the tournament, White showed a competitive game against Pittsburg Venom Boomslang. Anna Kennelly and Aviva Teller kept White in the game, and helped lead our team to a 1-1 tie. For the final game of pool play, the girls faced Pinnacle Field Hockey White, with the same hunger and determination as the previous game the girls were looking to impress. In an intense game of field hockey, White kept the game close and ended in another tie securing their spot of third in pool play. The girls had a lot of confidence going into their crossover game, but they would go on to face a strong IFHCK Ice team. The girls held the game at 0-2 for a while before closing the gap with a beautiful goal making it 2-1. Goalie, Sydney Theis, had a phenomenal game that included a blocked penalty stroke. Ultimately, the girls fell to the IFHCK Ice team, but had a lot of positives to take away from the game. The White team showed a lot of heart and passion this weekend in Kentucky! We are excited to see what else is in store for them this season and next year at NIT qualifiers!

U16 White’s Natalie Parson’s controlling the ball to enter the circle

We are so proud of both our U16 White and Green Teams for representing our club well this pass weekend! Although the outcome was not what we wanted, the girls never gave up and dedicated their all when out on the court!  MVP’s for both the Green and White teams for the weekend were Anne Stuart Waltzman and Morgan Stolker!


Video of the Week

 

Coach Yajaira demonstrating a fun pull drill that will speed up your indoor skills!


Rule of the Week 

A Corner 

A corner can be an offensive or defensive corner, depending on who commits the foul. If a player is in their own circle and commits a foul, the corner is a defensive corner. If a player is in the opponent’s circle and a defensive player commits a foul then the corner is an offensive corner. A ref will point both arms horizontally towards the goal, when a corner is awarded.


 

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Advanced High School Academy (9 – 12 Grade): This clinic is for players with prior playing experience. We will be teaching them more advanced skills and game play tactics. Come and challenge yourself, so you are ready for Spring Tryouts or your Fall HS Season! To find out more about the Advanced HS Academy, clickHERE!

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Winter Germantown Clinics: K – 12th Grade During the practice, the players will learn the fundamentals of field hockey and get to try out their new skill in a fun game or drill! The players will split into appropriate age groups for the practice. To find out more about the clinic, click HERE!

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Questions?

Kelly Given
Director of Field Hockey
kellyg@koasports.org
(301) 229-7529 (PLAY)
Jules Riley
Assistant Director of Field Hockey
jules@koasports.org
(301) 229-7529 (PLAY)
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