The Gilroy field hockey team played two completely different halves against Leland.
The Mustangs scored four goals in the second half Friday, breaking the 1-1 tie from halftime and powering them to a 5-1 win at Leland.
Katrina ‘KC’ Carter led the way with a hat trick in the game. Tayler Sillaci and Morgan Rogers each added a goal of their own.
The win was great for us, especially have a very slow and sluggish warm-up which translated into a slow start,” Gilroy coach Adam Gemar said. “But the flood gates opened and we were able to pull off the victory. We are very excited for the playoffs and finishing third overall.”
The win gives Gilroy a 12-3-2 overall record on the season and a 9-3-2 record in the Mt. Hamilton A-League — which should give it the No. 3 seed in the Central Coast Section playoffs.
The final seedings will be determined today at a coach’s meeting, but if the Mustangs receive the No. 3 seed they will have a first-round bye and will play in the quarterfinal game Saturday.
Check back here for updates on the Mustangs’ playoff seeding as information becomes available.
Gilroy drops season finale
It was a hard fought battle for the Gilroy volleyball team Thursday, but it wasn’t the ending it wanted.
The Mustangs lost their season finale 3-1 at North Monterey County by a score of 26-24, 18-25, 12-25, 21-25.
Senior Leilani Mah led the offense with 15 kills and added five blocks in the game. Sarah Weiby added eight kills while Jenna Clonts had five of her own in addition to four blocks.
Gilroy displayed stellar defensive passing from Gabby Martinez, Clarrisa Quezada and Savanna Branden. Senior setter Nicole Green left it all on the court while executing the offensive attack.
“Thank you varsity for your dedication and hard work throughout this season,” Mustangs coach Elaine Price said. “I wish the best for the seniors and their future endeavors. (I) hope to see all the returning players for next year.”
The Mustangs finish the season with a 5-12 overall record, 3-10 in league.
The JV squad, on the other hand, won in three games 16-25, 25-22, 15-8, against it’s NMC counterpart.
Fatima Ortega led the offense with six kills. Marie Bernards and Evelyn Clonts added three kills each and Jasmin Rodriguez had two kills.
Gilroy’s defense shined and was led by Desiree Cundiff, Sarhay Luna and Aaliyah Kirby. Cundiff also displayed strong serving with five aces and Jasmin Rodriguez contributed two aces to finish the second and third games.
“Thank you JV for a wonderful season,” Price said. “It has been a pleasure working with you and hope to see all of you next year.”