FHS Sports: Varsity Field Hockey Squad Blanks Koinonia 4-0

FHS varsity field hockey

Arianna Brody (No. 6) reacts as teammate Chloe Conover (No. 11) scores one of her three goals during the Sept. 17 Franklin High School varsity field hockey game against Koinonia Academy.

Chloe Conover scored a hat trick and Tara Weniger notched her second shutout as the Franklin High School varsity field hockey team shut out visiting Koinonia Academy on Sept. 17.

Conover, a Junior, scored all three of her goals in the second half. Fellow Junior Arianna Brody started the scoring for Franklin in what was an otherwise sluggish first half.

With the win, the team has a 3-1 record.

It was that mental change during halftime that changed the game for Franklin, said coach Pat Cullen.

“I think the highlight of the game today was when the girls mentally switched from playing a defensive game to an offensive game,” Cullen said. “In the first half we had a slow start, we didn’t score till late in the first half.”

“At halftime we talked about it, they came out in the second half with more of an offensive mindset, and as a result we scored three goals in the second half,” she said.

Cullen had praise for all of her players.

“Our midfielders, Claudia Carrillo and Viri Martinez and Karmen Normandia, all did a really nice job across the center of the field to grab the ball and help to push it up to our forwards,” she said.

“Our defense in the back was Coco Trivers and Cheyenne Gernert,” she said. “Jasmine Cunningham was also in the back to fend off the shots on goal.”

“Our midfielders did a really nice job of feeding it to our forwards,” Cullen said.

“The right side, Shanice Bailey, Sindhu Gowda, Ari Brody as the center … the three of them did a really nice job eliminating the defense, passing it around, feeding the ball in, playing unselfishly,” she said.

And the bench, she said, “did a really nice job of coming in, giving our starters some relief,” she said. “They weer still able to be a presence on the field an keep that offensive mindset.”

Cullen said the team “is still a work in progress, but we’re happy with the progress we’ve made so far.”

2015 9-17 FHS Field Hockey


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