FIELD HOCKEY: Monarchs give Mustangs first league loss, 2-0

Alex Rose fights off a high stick as she defends the Mustangs'

Mustangs suffer first loss in Mount Hamilton Division with one
game left in the regular season.
GILROY – Nothing is guaranteed in the Mount Hamilton Division. And it took a 2-0 loss to Archbishop Mitty on Tuesday for the Gilroy High varsity field hockey team to learn that lesson.

“The last couple weeks, we have been kind of down,” senior Emily Costa said. “I think before we didn’t take winning for granted and we need to get back to that mindset.”

The loss, though, the first in a remarkable 13 league games for the Mustangs (11-1-1) in their initial season in the Central Coast Section’s premier division, put a damper on Senior Day, as a dozen seniors played their final home game of the regular season.

“We needed this,” senior goalie Jessica Gonzalez said simply.

How they respond as the playoffs approach is what head coach Adam Gemar is anxious to see.

“It will be nice to see who the girls are who will bring out the positive in everyone else,” he said.

Mitty dictated the pace and play of Tuesday’s game, controlling time of possession from the opening whistle and limiting Mustangs’ offensive attacks with a stingy and speedy defense.

“I think we definitely beat ourselves, because they weren’t a better team, but today they were,” Gemar said. “The whole game we were running, we just never settled. The entire game we didn’t get any passing down.”

The Monarchs (7-3-3 in league) tallied midway through the first half on a goal by Agustina Singh. Singh, unmarked deep in the circle, gathered a rebound after Gonzalez made a kick save and pushed the ball in for a 1-0 lead.

Mitty padded the advantage late in the first, capitalizing on a short-corner try at the 3:51 mark. Clemence Couteau registered the goal.

The Monarchs put the clamps on the Mustangs’ explosive midfielders and forwards, disrupting Gilroy’s cohesion.

“They had possession the whole time,” Gemar said. “Credit to Mitty, they took away our midfield and we didn’t use the outside, so they won. They beat us in the middle and we didn’t compensate for that.”

The ideal situation for the Mustangs would have been to go into Thursday’s regular-season finale against rival Los Gatos with a one-game edge in the standings for the league championship. However, Gemar said the one game that remains, more important above all else, is the first game of the CCS playoffs.

“We definitely only have one game left, that first CCS game,” Gemar said. “Win or lose Thursday, of course it’d be nice to get a win, but really, it doesn’t matter.”

And the players seem to agree.

“Our main goal is to win CCS not go undefeated in league,” Costa said.

Thursday’s contest with the Wildcats is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start in Los Gatos. The winner will be crowned Mount Hamilton Division champion.

The Mustangs defeated the Wildcats 3-1 in the teams’ first encounter Oct. 12 in Gilroy.

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