All season, the Gilroy field hockey team has had the goal of
repeating as the undefeated champs of the Mission Trail Athletic
Gilroy – Mission accomplished.
All season, the Gilroy field hockey team has had the goal of repeating as the undefeated champs of the Mission Trail Athletic League.
With an 8-0 shutout of third-place York in Monterey Wednesday night, the Mustangs achieved it.
After the game, the team celebrated by stopping at the sand dunes in Seaside and writing “Gilroy field hockey to CCS” in seaweed on the beach.
“It was just a good celebration for the girls,” said co-head coach Erin Gemar. “They were pretty excited.”
The Mustangs (15-2-1, 12-0) scored five goals in the first half. Dana Schoeneman and Rushelle Preeshl each scored two goals in that half while Amanda Vasquez scored one.
In the second half, Karlie Sandoval scored twice (once unassisted) and Kelly Perkins added one goal. Sandoval (5 assists) and Perkins (2 assists) were also the game’s assist leaders.
Heather Link, who was named Player of the Game, and goalie Brittany Simpson also played key roles in the game, Gemar said. Additionally, Gemar said it was good to see freshman Laura Spellman back at 100 percent after a recent injury and playing full-time.
Simpson fended off a couple of York shots on goal in the first half.
“She came up pretty big defensively,” Gemar said. “They were definitely trying to score against us.”
Despite the lopsided score, Gemar credited York with being a competitive force in the MTAL.
“They challenged us more than any other team in the league,” she said. “The score maybe doesn’t do their level of improvement justice.”
Now the Mustangs will concentrate on preparing for the CCS playoffs, which begin Thursday Nov. 10. Gilroy, the fifth-seed out of 12 teams in the playoffs, will play that first round game at home at 3:30pm against either Homestead, Presentation or Del Mar. If the Mustangs win, they will play No. 4 seed Los Gatos at St. Francis on Saturday Nov. 12.