Kilbourne is showing progress
Worthington Kilbourne High School field hockey coach Michele Hazzard believes her team is stronger after battling through a difficult schedule to start the season.
After scoring one goal during a 0-3 start, the Wolves beat Hudson Western Reserve Academy 3-1 on Sept. 7 and Dublin Jerome 2-0 on Sept. 10.
Kilbourne was 2-5 overall after losing to Rocky River Magnificat 2-0 on Sept. 14. The Wolves lost a Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division game to Columbus Academy 7-1 on Sept. 12 to fall to 0-3 in the league.
"I am pleased by our progress," Hazzard said. "We started out with a tough schedule and suffered a setback when two defenders received concussions in the first game (a 2-1 loss to Dublin Coffman on Aug. 26), but the girls have played well and we made adjustments on defense. ... Our passing is much better and we have good ball movement up the field."
Through five games, senior goalkeeper Kate Thompson had 57 saves. Senior Lauren Hedges, sophomore Abby Piecenski and freshman Carolyn Haase have led the midfield and senior Addy Boyles has been the top defender.
Other key players have included sophomore attackers Amy Kruzan and Leah Wesner.
"We have had a stellar performance by our goalkeeper," Hazzard said. "We have a strong midfield. ... We've had scoring from several forwards."
Strong offense leading Cardinals
During a 7-0 start that included a 1-0 win over Toledo St. Ursula on Sept. 14, Thomas outscored its opponents a combined 44-0.
The Cardinals, who were 3-0 in the COFHL-West Division after beating league-foe Olentangy 7-0 on Sept. 16, took 66 penalty corners and 101 shots during their first four games.
"We're taking more shots in the circle (compared with) last year and are making sure we are utilizing each other to have a successful passing game, which helps generate the offense up the field," coach Terri Simonetti Frost said.
"I feel as though we are on the right track. ... We need to continue working on our channeling and defensive interceptions. In my opinion, those two things make our game stronger and when we make our defensive step-ups, we maintain possession of the ball longer. We have improved a lot on our scoring and ball movement in the circle."
Through the first four games, which included league wins over Dublin Scioto (11-0 on Aug. 28) and Upper Arlington (5-0 on Sept. 4), senior midfielder Nina Devine had seven goals and four assists to lead the offense. Also contributing were senior attacker Devan Chakroff (6 goals, 3 assists), sophomore attacker Ellie Potts (5 goals, 5 assists) and sophomore midfielder/attacker Hana Sinno (2 goals, 2 assists). Senior attacker Maddie Goelz had three goals in a 9-0 win over Kettering Fairmont on Sept. 7, Chakroff scored three goals against Scioto and Devine had three goals against both Scioto and UA.
According to Simonetti Frost, other contributors have been sophomore defenders Mallary Weinsz and Hailey Perese, senior defender Olivia Smith and junior attacker Christina Mertz.