FIELD HOCKEY: Strong defense, timely scoring lift Mustangs past Los Altos

Senior Alex Rose stick handles the ball out of the Mustangs'

GHS field hockey team still undefeated in Mount Hamilton
The phrase turning defense into offense doesn’t ring more true than with the Gilroy High varsity field hockey team.

Another stingy performance from defenders Alex Rose, Stephanie Gomez and Tayler Schaut, and goalie Jessica Gonzalez, assisted the Mustangs to their ninth straight Mount Hamilton Division victory Tuesday in Gilroy.

With the defense holding visiting Los Altos at bay, smooth transition through the midfield coupled with a relentless pressure inside the circle, the Mustangs offense unleashed three goals in a 3-1 win.

Gilroy’s defense has taken on a larger role in the ‘A’ league this season. Gone are the days of Mission Trail Athletic League contests where ball control was often 90 percent in Mustangs’ territory.

Head coach Adam Gemar has had to rely on heads up play from his defenders covering the area in front of their cage and keeping it free of dangerous situations.

The Mustangs have allowed just one goal in eight of the nine league games.

Dani Hemeon tallied the Mustangs’ first goal of the afternoon, blistering a shot, shin-high, into the net for a 1-0 lead at the 18:07 mark of the first half.

Six minutes later, Shayna Robledo and Aubrey Young kick started a give-and-go into the circle, drawing a short-corner play after the ball ricocheted off of a defender’s foot.

Katelyn Nebesnick’s number was called on the restart and the senior deposited the Mustangs’ second goal of the afternoon.

Gilroy expanded the 2-0 first-half advantage slightly more than two minutes into the second half on a goal from Kaylana Mah.

Alyssa Kroeger had her shot saved and kicked left where Mah was waiting for the rebound. Mah settled the ball and put it in for the 3-0 lead.

Los Altos scored with 13:50 to play.

The Mustangs remain the lone undefeated team in the Mount Hamilton with five games left on the schedule.

Up next for GHS is a road encounter with Saint Francis on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in Mountain View.

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