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U14 Club Teams Compete at
USA FH National Indoor Tournament!!

Blog #19.6


Koa u14 Club Teams Dominate
at USA Field Hockey’s National Indoor Tournament!

Koa sent two, strong u14 Club Teams to USA Field Hockey’s National Indoor Tournament. This past weekend, each of our teams competed in 5 games over the course of 3 days at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, PA. Spooky Nook is the home of USA Field Hockey, and is where our women’s national and Olympic teams practice! Our Koa players channeled their inner Olympians this past weekend by fighting hard and playing with fire and intensity to dominate their pools! Both teams finished with a combined record of 6-3-1, which is our best finish ever at NITs!

u14 Green Team

Our Green Team was hot out of the gate, and started the weekend with a big 2-1 win versus the State College Blue Lions FH Team. Koa dominated the game and held a 2-0 lead for most of the game. Mackenzie Tyson was the spark her team needed, and played with amazing intensity and passion that her energy motivated her teammates to keep fighting! Luna Libon and goalkeeper Hannah Low held down our defensive efforts by making it hard on the other team to even get a shot off in our circle. Luna controlled the game with her great field vision and accurate passes on free hits.On Sunday, our Green Team came out ready to fight hard versus the only other team in our Pool without a loss – the New Jersey Starz. During the first half, Koa kept pace with the Starz in a fast and aggressive back and forth game. Koa was able hold off the efforts from the Starz for the first 18 minutes of the half. With 2 minutes left in the first half, the Starz were able to capitalize on 2 quick, back to back goals. But, that didn’t stop forwards Natalia Hanson and Imme van den Ham from working hard during the second half. Natalia and Imme were fast and able to create some opportunities in our offensive end, but we fell just short and weren’t able to find the back of the cage. The Green Team ended up losing 2-0 versus the eventual 1st place champion. In their second game on Sunday, the Green Team played AIM Blue. This game was another intense back and forth game! The game was scoreless in the first half, but in the second half AIM was able to score first. Koa Green didn’t give up and continued to fight until the end! With less than 1 minute left in the game, midfielder Sterre Libon was able to get the ball on a break away and with poise she slammed it to the back of the cage to tie the game at 1-1! Koa Green would end the night with a 1-1 tie versus AIM!

On Monday, Koa Green had 2 more games to play and had a goal set to finish the tournament strong! In their first game of the day, they played HTC. This was a very aggressive and rough game for both teams who were being scrappy and fighting hard! They both wanted to finish the weekend strong! Midfielders Lea Shweiki and Sydney Kauff helped our team hold off a fast and aggressive HTC Team. There were a few cards during the game that resulted in Koa playing down a player, but with the poise and control of Lea, Sydney and Luna in the back field, the Green Team was able to hold off hard hitting HTC. Hannah Low also had numerous amazing saves during the game, and saved a few lifted shots on goal! Near the end of the game, the HTC goalie was carded out of the game for coming out of her defensive circle to try to stop a fast Imme on a breakaway. The card resulted in an offensive corner for Koa and the GK being removed from the game. With the score tied at 2-2 with less than 2 min left in the game, Koa took advantage of their opportunity and put the ball in the back of the cage! In their dramatic fashion, Koa Green ended up winning that game 3-2! In their final game of the 2019 NITs, Koa Green played CPFH Orchid. Both teams knew there was a lot at stake in this game, because the winner of the game would take 2nd place! Both teams came out hard and fighting for that 2nd place finish! One of our main defenders, Brooke Silver, helped dominate our back field and held shots to a minimum. At the half, the score was tied 0-0. Both teams knew they only had 20min left in the second half and of the whole tournament, to make something happen for their team. Midfielder, Sophia Wadeson came out fast and aggressive! She worked hard and tried to motivate her team to get something to happen on Koa’s offensive end. In the final 10 minutes of the game, Koa couldn’t hold off the aggressive CPFH and ended up losing the game 3-0, but it wasn’t without hard work and effort until the final buzzer sounded at the end of the game. Sophia was awarded the “Green Stick Player of the Game” for her hard work and efforts during this game.
Koa Green finished the 2019 NITs in 3rd Place with a record of 2-2-1. Mackenzie Tyson was named “Player of the Tournament” for her intensity and fight, and never ending energy for her team! Congrats Green Team on an awesome weekend!

u14 White Team

Our White Team is a Koa record setting team! They finished the 2019 NITs with our best finish ever at a USA u14 Field Hockey event with an overall record of 4-1. They played their hearts out and left everything they had on the court during all 5 games this weekend!

They started the tournament out on a high note on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over PA Revolution Uranium. With nerves and excitement in the air, our White Team stepped onto the court with confidence and high expectations. Koa dominated the game, but didn’t score until the second half when midfielder Alba Porta received the ball in the middle of the circle and slammed it to the back of the cage for the first goal of the tournament! Later into the second half, another midfielder Lucy Barrenechea scored the game winning goal to make the score 2-1. Our White Team left night #1 of the tournament with smiles on their faces and hungry for more wins and excitement!

On Sunday, our White Team had two more games and played Team Chesapeake White in their first game of the day. Koa dominated the game with a strong defense led by goalkeeper Margot Houle and defensive player Cata Sposato. Cata helped control the game with her hard passes out of the backfield. She connected with center midfielder Maya Raphael on numerous passes across the court that opened up the play, and allowed Koa to quickly transition and send the ball up an open side of the court to our forwards. Koa ended up winning this game with a dominating 3-1 win. In their second game of the day, Koa would take on the other undefeated team in their pool – Focus Black. This was a very fast paced, back and forth game with both teams equally dominating the play. At the half, both teams were tied 0-0. During the game, Koa’s forwards Charley Noah and Maya Gutierrez-Flores created numerous opportunities. Maya skillfully worked the ball up the field with her quick hands and stickwork. Charley, who was battling the flu all weekend, played with heart and was able to get herself open for numerous through balls down the boards of the court. With the score still tied 0-0 with 5min left in the game, Focus was finally able to put one on the board and took a 1-0 lead over Koa. In the final seconds of the game, Focus managed to get an offensive corner against Koa. With 2 seconds left on the clock and the Koa players thinking they were going to let the game clock run out before taking the corner, Focus inserted the ball to their player at the top of the circle. Koa, caught off guard by the insert, hesitated but took off to their defensive positions in the circle. Unfortunately, Focus was able to quickly stop the ball and push it to the right corner of the goal. Koa White ended up losing to the eventual first place champions by a close score of 2-0. Although they may have lost their first game of the tournament, they didn’t lose their heart or determination! They were ready to get some rest and come out for their final 2 games of the tournament on Monday!

On Monday, the White Team had their first game against UPRISE Gray, who they were tied for second place with in the standings. Koa wanted to make sure they left no doubt in anyone’s eyes and minds that they were the better team! Koa came out strong and fighting during their first game on Monday. Koa dominated the play of the game, and had awesome play in the midfield by Maya, Lucy, Alba and our right midfielders Rose Gerts and Bridget Ellis. Rose was able to help move the ball quickly up the right side of the court with her dynamic stick speed and field vision. With the score tied at 1-1, the entire Koa team worked together to effortlessly move the ball up the field. The ball started on the right with Rose. The right side was closed down, so instead of forcing a pass, she passed the ball back to Cata. Cata was able to quickly swing the ball to the left side to Maya R. As soon as Maya received it, she knew what she wanted to do with the ball and made a quick pass to Lucy. Lucy then one-timed the ball to Charley who was wide open at the top of the circle. As the goalie was coming out to stop Charley, she quickly lifted the ball high into the air and over the GKs shoulder and into the back of the goal! With that amazing play and the great play by GK Margot who had numerous diving stick saves, Koa was able to solidify their 2-1 win versus UPRISE! In their final game of the day, Koa faced a tough TGT Gold team. Before the game started, Koa knew that if they had any chance of finishing in first place that they had to score at least 8 goals during their final game and Focus Black would have to lose their final game. Koa White decided that they were going to try to control what they could control as a team – and that was to score at least 8 goals! Koa came out ready to fight and to end the tournament with a great game! Koa ended up defeating TGT Gold with a commanding 7-0 victory! Although they were one goal short of their goal of 8 goals – they showed tremendous tenacity, effort and competitiveness as a team! The 7 goals were spread out among numerous players on the team: Maya Gutierrez-Flores and Rose scored 2 goals each, while Bridget, Charley, and Maya Raphael all added 1 goal each! The final game was an awesome way for our White Team to end their final tournament of the Winter Indoor Season before heading into their Spring Outdoor Season in March!Coach Shaina, Coach Shelby and Coach Kelly were all so impressed and proud of the fight in our Koa u14 Teams! We are excited to see what is in store for both of these teams during our Spring Seasons!

#SpookyNook #NITs #2nd&3rdPlace #RidetheWave


Player Spotlight of the Week!!

Mackenzie Blair

Our 1st Koa FH Player to Commit to Playing in College!!

When a player commits to playing in college, you are dedicating to play for another 4 years. If you love the sport, this is a commitment that you will cherish for the rest of your life. We asked Kenzie a few questions to dive into her experience as a goalie and now a Collegiate D3 Goalie!!

Q & A

Q1: When did you start playing field hockey and did you know you wanted to play goalie?

A: My first field hockey experience was a Koa clinic in the winter of 8th grade. I started just wanting to learn the game. I decided after that first day that I didn’t want to play field. I have been in the goal ever since.

Q2: When did you decide you wanted to play in college and why did you choose Hood College?

A: I originally planned to join the army after high school. A recent graduate spoke to one of my high school classes about her college experience. Something resonated with me and I knew that I wanted to go to college. It was truly exciting to get an email from Coach Andrews inviting me to tour Hood. The rest is history.

Q3: Briefly explain the day you accepted to play at Hood College. What was it like?!

A: There I was, on a cold and rainy day…no, really it was awesome. I wanted to accept the moment Coach Andrews made me the offer. I had to wait for my parents to give the OK, and once they did, we moved forward.

Q4: What is one of your proudest moments in goal-keeping?

A: This year I was honored to be a recognized goalie on both the county and regional levels. Also, I was invited to play at the Maryland Senior State Game.

Q5: What advice would you give players who are thinking about playing in college?

A: Learn from your failures, they are the ONLY way to improve your game. Always keep your head up!

#CollegiateAthlete #ProudCoaches #Dedicated #Goal-keeping

Rule of the Week 

A Penalty Corner:

In field hockey, a corner is awarded when a foul happens inside the circle. For example, Team A is defending the goal and Team B is trying to score. Inside the circle, if Team A creates a foul such as, it hits their foot, a corner is awarded to Team B.

Signal: The ref will signal a corner by holding their arms parallel with their palms facing each other in front of the body, pointing towards the goal.

 


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Keeping up with Koa!

Coming this March! It’s Spring Season!!

Tryouts!! U10/U12/U14 DT & U16/U19 Club/DT: Ready to take your game to a higher level? Koa Field Hockey has two league options above the recreational level to continue improving your game! Our Club and Development Team Tryouts are coming up this March! For more information, please click the appropriate link: Development Team InfoClub Team InfoTryout Info

Spring Promo Day! Do you have a sibling, neighbor or field at school that wants to try field hockey?! At our FREE Promo Day, they can come out and meet the Koa coaches, get a feel for our program, and get a taste of Koa Field Hockey! At our promo days, players will learn the fundamentals and get to play in a few fun drills and games! Most importantly, they will come away with a basic grasp of field hockey and a new found love for a new sport! For more information, click here!

Spring Fundamentals Crash Course: Did you sign up for one of our programs and you are a beginner? Come join our experienced coaches at our 1.5 hour skills session that will teach you all the basics of field hockey! Get that first practice out of the way before the season starts in order to be more prepared for the first week. To find out more info, click HERE!

Spring Rec League: Spring RL will be starting the end of March and continue for 7 weeks! Experienced and Novice players are welcome to come play from ages 2nd – 8th grade. Each session will be 1.5 hours. The players will practice for 45 minutes and scrimmage for the remaining 45 minutes with their team! Interested?! To find out more info, click HERE!

Spring K – 8th Weekday & Sunday Clinics: This Spring, Koa will be offering a Sunday K-1st grade clinic, as well as a weekday Clinic for K-8th grade. Both Clinics are for experienced and beginner players. 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 & experienced levels for the practice. To find out more about the clinic, click HERE!

Spring High School Clinic: (0 – 2 Seasons Experience!) This spring clinic is for HS athletes who are looking to take their game to a higher level! On Sundays beginning on March 24th, the players with practice for one hour on their skills. The players will focus on developing their skills and overall game tactics. Come out and keep your skills sharp! To find out more info, click HERE!

Spring Advanced HS Academy(3+ Seasons Required!) This clinic is for players in 9th – 12th grade with advanced skills and years of experience. We will be teaching the players more advanced skills and game play tactics. Come and challenge yourself, so you are ready for your Fall HS Season! To find out more about the Advanced HS Academy, click HERE!

Details to Come Soon!

We will be adding a Spring Goalie Clinic and a Spring Boys Clinic to the schedule! Be on the lookout for more information next week in the blog!

All Year Round
Private Lessons: Are you looking for a 1 on 1 skill session? We offer private lessons with our experienced coaches to help you improve your skills. Breakdown those skills you may be having trouble with and have a coach analyze and help you work on them. If you are interested, please email Kelly Given, and to find out more click HERE!Evaluations: Koa FH is now offering evaluations to players who want to know where they stand compared to our different programs. Any field hockey player, whether you are new to Koa or you have been with Koa for a few seasons can register for an evaluation! To find out more information, click HERE!

Interested in any of these programs: Register Here!!


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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