What a Ride

‘Stangs Kelly Perkins is sandwiched by two Mitty players during

The GHS Field Hockey team gave it a great run before falling in
last night’s CCS semifinal match
Mountain View – Things just weren’t right with the Gilroy field hockey team in Wednesday night’s semifinal game of the CCS playoffs.

And unfortunately, it happened against No. 1 seed Archbishop Mitty, a team against which the Mustangs couldn’t afford to not play anything but their best.

“When I was watching, it didn’t seem like our game,” said sophomore Emily Haygood. “It wasn’t Gilroy. It was just a different team.”

All game, the defending champion Monarchs’ defense and depth frustrated Gilroy. Meanwhile, Mitty stayed in control and scored once in each half to prevail 2-0.

The Monarchs move on to play St. Francis in the championship game Saturday. The Lancers defeated St. Ignatius 1-0 in the first semifinal of the night at St. Francis.

Gilroy finished its season 17-2-3, with all three losses coming at the hands of defending co-champions Mitty and Saratoga. Gilroy had previously lost to Mitty in a 20-minute tournament game early in the season.

“We never got into it, somehow,” Gilroy co-head coach Adam Gemar said after the game.

The Monarchs slowly took over in the first half and broke through in the ninth minute. Jamie Garland stole the ball from Gilroy in front of the Mustang goal and finished with a shot into the left corner of the cage. Mitty kept the momentum until halftime, keeping the Mustangs from even getting a shot on goal.

“The first half, they knew what we were trying to do. They obviously had seen film on us,” Gemar said. “We kept trying to hit the ball through and that didn’t work.”

Gemar felt the long passes, which Mitty often intercepted and took the other way, were a result of the team panicking and forgetting the original game plan.

It didn’t help Gilroy’s cause that the Monarchs had such a deep and talented bench.

“They were playing every player without thinking twice. They’re a well-rounded team, that’s for sure,” Gemar said.

Early in the second half, Mitty delivered another crushing blow to Gilroy. Emily Kirwan scored off an assist from Katie Fleury to put the Monarchs up 2-0 with less than 26 minutes left to play. Though Gilroy started to overcome the defensive pressure midway through the half and get the ball out of its own territory, the two goals were too much to overcome.

“We had the best (pre-game) warm-up we’ve ever had. I don’t know what happened,” said sophomore Amanda Spellman, who was Gilroy’s player of the game. “It was all mental and we kind of gave up after the first goal went in and that really hurt us. And after the second goal went in, people just really gave up. It was really hard to keep up the positive energy.”

Despite ending the season with a loss, the team finished the best season it’s had in years. Even Gemar enjoyed hearing the announcement of the Mustangs successful record at the end of the game.

“A lot of us have known each other for years so that’s what made this team so special,” Spellman said.

Added Haygood, “We clicked so good this year. We had a lot of positive attitude.”

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