Defensive units of both Gilroy and St. Francis nearly
Gilroy – By battling one of the Central Coast Section’s best field hockey teams, St. Francis, to a 0-0 tie Friday, the Gilroy field hockey team earned some new confidence.
“It was pretty exciting just because playing one of the top teams in Northern California gave them the confidence that not only do they have plans on going to CCS but that now they can go further than they’ve gone before,” said co-head coach Erin Gemar.
In their second game in two days, Gilroy was outshot 5-3 by the Lancers, whose only loss this year was at the hands of St. Ignatius. But Gilroy keeper Stephanie Glenn made several key saves to keep St. Francis scoreless.
“She played fantastic,” Gemar said.
All of Gilroy’s shots on goal came in the first half, when the Mustangs (8-1-2) kept the ball on St. Francis’ side of the field. But in the second half, the momentum was reversed.
“We were not jumping at it when we had some opportunities close to the post,” Gemar said of the second half. “We could have put a few more shots on goal.”
Gemar said Heather Link’s defense and Rushelle Preeshl’s communication and positivity on the field were important to preserving the stalemate.
After the game, Gemar said, the team was pleased with its play but would have liked to win.
“Some of the girls were really disappointed because they could have won,” she said.
Last year, Gilroy lost 3-1 to a St. Francis squad that Gemar said wasn’t as strong as this year’s team. Right now, the Lancers are in second place in the tough Mt. Hamilton league behind Archbishop Mitty, the defending co-CCS champ.
“It says a lot for this (Gilroy) team’s improvement,” Gemar said.
The Mustangs play at Santa Catalina Monday and at Carmel Tuesday.