The field hockey girls kicked off their season with a 4-0 win in a game against Otay Ranch, thanks to their practiced strategies.
“We have a really good defense,” senior Sarah Forkas said. “We keep the balls away from the goal. We’re mostly on the other teams’ offensive side.”
This year, the team has been fine-tuning their offense even further.
“We can score a lot more than we did last year,” Forkas said.
One of the strengths for the girls is the number of returning varsity players.
“We only lost two players last year,” senior Taylor Lewis said. “So we’re pretty skilled now, and we only got one new freshman and the rest are all returners.”
Next year, however, the impact of the loss of seniors may hit harder.
“There are a lot of seniors this year, there’s seven of us,” Forkas said.
For now, the team will continue to enjoy the benefits of an experienced team against their rivals.
“[We’re looking forward to] Torrey Pines, because usually we don’t do too well in Torrey Pines games, but this year we have a pretty good chance of either tying or winning,” Lewis said.
MC could end up with the advantage against other schools this season.
“There’s a lot of teams that lost a lot of seniors, a lot of good players,” Lewis said. “So I think we have an advantage that way since we have seven or eight seniors this year.”
The more seasoned players will also be contributing to the success for 2014.
“We have Micaela, who’s been playing on varsity since her freshman year, and she’s really good,” Lewis said. “She’s our center midfield this year.”Marianna McMurdock | Photographer
Senior Micaela Belz is back for her fourth and final season with MC.
“It’s really weird to be the top person with everyone looking up to you,” Belz said.
As a team captain, Belz notices the components of the team as a whole.
“We have a young team,” Belz said. “We have a lot of sophomores and a lot of seniors, so it’s mixed.”
This year, classic Sundevil pep may be a factor.
“Just being more ready to go, and hyped up,” Belz said. “Last year we were, but with our young team we’re very energetic, so we just need to keep that up, and keep having good practices without slacking off.”
Hard work and major school spirit will hopefully hold up the team, and keep them set on their championship goals.
“We just want to win as many games as we can,” Lewis said.