Epic field hockey season ends in shootout


Jason Grow

Senior captain Jemima Grow dodges Manchester Essex player

MAISIE GROW, Contributor

After a hard fought battle on both sides, Gloucester Field hockey lost in final shootout 4-2 against Manchester Essex in the semi finals last night. It was a back and forth game all the way through regulation time and both 10 minute overtimes of 7 vs 7.

Gloucester’s offense and defense played strong all game. The defense and goalkeeper Mia Wheeler prevented scoring opportunities Manchester while Gloucester created them offensively. At the end of regulation the score was 0-0.

In the first 10 minute overtime Gloucester sent in Mia Wheeler, Rachael Rallo, Bailey Marshall, Jemima Grow, Cate Delaney, Tracy Wood and Mia Salah to play in the 7 vs. 7. After ending the 10 minutes still scoreless, Gloucester substituted Ella Marshall for Bailey Marshall to start the second overtime.

After the back and forth play that had been constant all game Gloucester and Manchester headed into the final shootout still at 0-0. The shootout is played as a 10 second 1 vs. 1 with the goalkeepers. Jemima Grow and Cate Delaney scored for the Fisherman but the Hornets ended up scoring 4 of their shots ending the game 4-2 with Manchester victorious.

“I feel we played a good, hard fought game and I’m so proud of everyone” said senior Captain Tracy Wood after the game.

Both teams left it all on the field and in the end it came down to the final moments of the game. There was no lack of effort from Gloucester and they played hard until the end of the game.

Overall the Fisherman had an outstanding year as NEC champions, the number 2 seed in the tournament and had many of their players being recognized for their play.

Four of their players: Tracy Wood, Jemima Grow, Cate Delaney, and Mia Salah were awarded All-Conference. Three players were awarded All-Stars: Ruby Melvin, Rachael Rallo and Bailey Marshall. Senior Captain Jemima Grow was also selected for the“Best of 60” statewide senior all-star game. This team battled hard all year and are already looking on how to improve for next year.