By Linda Lazarit
On Monday Oct. 17, Bonita Vista High School girls’ field hockey team lost 0-1 against Southwest High School after a tie.
“Coming into the game I felt anxious, I felt scared, I didn’t know what was coming. I didn’t know if they were going to come hard, or if they were going to be easy,” senior captain Delia Ochoa said.
Both the girls from BVH and SWH kept chasing up and down the field to score a goal. However, the missed passes and miscommunication between the BVH team kept the BVH girls from scoring.
“We need to rely on our teammates. At the beginning of the game, we weren’t really talking to each other and we weren’t getting our passes to the right people. I believe that is something we need to improve on,” senior captain Idalys Piche said.
Throughout the first half, the Barons were sticking with their previously planned strategy. The varsity coach Ernesto Luna had the play planned out: get a penalty corner and score a goal. The penalty corner is a strategy used in field hockey where a part of the team place themselves in a particular way in order to have the opposing team get marked for a penalty. When the opposing team gets a penalty, the other team is awarded for a defensive infringement in the penalty circle.
“We play the ball by moving it to the right side of the field then dribbling it into the center. Then we get those penalties. The penalty circle, 16 yards from the goal, is the only area you can score in,” Luna said.
The Barons pushed through the rest of the first half by continuing to press for the penalty corners. However, despite their efforts, the first half ended in a heated tie.
“I talked to them about this during half-time and our time outs. They really have to be proactive in getting into the spots where they want to receive the ball, versus waiting for the person to get rid of the ball and then reacting to it,” Luna said.
In the second half both teams, could not score a point. As the game came close to an end, it became evident that BVH and SWHS would need to break the tie. BVH made more penalty corners, a total of 14 in the whole game. The Barons could have potentially had the win with that many penalty corners, but ultimately due to lack of communication the BVH girls could not score.
“I knew we were going to come out flat. Playing a Monday game, it was just one of those days. It’s almost like you can predict how the game is gonna turn out,” Luna said.
In field hockey, ties have to be broken by going overtime an extra 10 minutes. If no one scores in the allotted time then they get into strokes, which are one on ones, the best of five win. If no one wins, then the strokes go into sudden death, until one wins. Southwest won the sudden death.
“We have to have amnesia and go on and focus on the next game. I know that we have a few more Monday games, and they’re the hardest to play. We can’t really use that as an excuse though, someone has to win and someone has to lose,” Luna said.
Despite the loss, BVH girls and their coach plan to use this loss to fix their errors and work on improving the team.
“Proud. I just feel proud of them. You know it might have not been the best one, but obviously it serves as something. It has a purpose, that purpose being to give us experience. We still had fun in the game, and that’s all that matters,” Ochoa said.