FIELD HOCKEY: Cougars, Spirits draw, 0-0

Raquel Roberts out runs a defender down field. Photo By: Jeff

CHS field hockey dominates ball control, shots on goal
With less than 10 minutes to play in the second half, a Maddie Peterson pass to Abigail Smith took a tricky hop over Smith’s stick and out of bounds just left of the cage.

It was a sequence that occurred over an over again as the Cougars tied Notre Dame 0-0 on Monday in Gilroy.

The Cougars earned seven short-corner opportunities, which resulted in a number of quality scoring chances, but zero goals to show for them.

“I think they’ve improved their field play to get into the circle,” head coach Stacey Myers said. “They are more creative now in the way they get there.”

Bayle Francis nearly put the Cougars up 1-0 10 minutes into the contest, receiving a pass from Mariah Martinez in the circle and directing a shot just wide.

Smith teamed up with Arianna Vasquez for a nifty give-and-go down the left sideline in the first half, however, the attack fizzled in the circle.

Peterson raised havoc inside the circle throughout the game, yet couldn’t find the target.

Her shot with 19 minutes to play in the second half, which went wide far post, was headed toward the net but took an awkward bounce and veered left.

Goalie Erika Velasquez made a crucial kick save with three minutes to play in the game to preserve the tie.

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