Field Hockey Still Perfect

Gilroy’s Amanda Spellman, right, reaches out to high-five Jackie

GHS girls prepare for toughest test to date
Gilroy – Even when the Gilroy field hockey team is sick, it’s good.

With a few players feeling under the weather – along with co-head coach Adam Gemar – the Mustangs blanked the Mission Trail Athletic League second place team R.L. Stevenson 4-0 at home Thursday.

But the job only gets harder today, when the ‘Stangs (8-0, 9-1-1) host Central Coast Section power St. Francis at 3:30pm. The Lancers have just one loss and recently beat CCS defending co-champ Saratoga 1-0.

“Take all those magic elixir pills,” Gemar told his team after Thursday’s game.

Gilroy, which took a 2-0 lead by the half on goals from Karlie Sandoval (unassisted) and Dana Schoeneman (assisted by Sandoval, Laura Spellman), controlled the ball with accurate passing and communication throughout the game.

Early in the second half, Rushelle Preeshl scored off an assist from Sandoval to make it 3-0 Gilroy. Then in the last 2:30 of the game, Amanda Spellman set up Jackie Moreno for the final goal.

Still, the team was critical of itself after the game.

“We played O.K.,” said junior Stephanie Glenn. “But I don’t think we played to our potential. We had so many opportunities where we kind of buckled under pressure in the circle.”

Co-head coach Erin Gemar, felt the game was a “dress rehearsal” of sorts for tonight’s game, citing that the team will have to make some minor adjustments when it plays a quicker, pressuring St. Francis.

Said Adam Gemar, “I think our skills were a lot better today, but St. Francis doesn’t mess around. They pressure super hard to the ball. We need to pass a lot quicker than today.”

Schoeneman earned Player of the Game honors.

Support Gilroy Field Hockey Team By Playing Trivia!

The GHS field hockey team is hosting a fundraising Trivia Night at Happy Dog Pizza next Saturday, Oct. 22. The fun starts at 6pm and the cost is $10 per person. To sign-up, call Mala Magill at 265-2607.

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