Field Hockey Wins Three

TPHS girls field hockey won with relative ease all three games in their pool at the Serra Tournament on Sept. 22.
In the first match, the team defeated Mira Mesa High School (0-5) 10-0. Coach Laura Stinson, who replaced the absent head coach Katy Moyneur, believes that the key to the Falcons’ success came from frequent passing and “everyone really [getting] into the game.”
Goals were made from all sides of the field, as Madison Cohen (12), Danielle Jackel (10), Gabi Jimenez (10), Clare Young (11) and Alie Zimmer (12), each scored a goal, and Sammy Cirino (10) scored two goals and Madi Coughlin (12) scored three goals.
According to Stinson, positive energy fueled by the team’s first was an important factor as the Falcons went into their next match against Cathedral Catholic High School (9-3).
“There were a couple of very, very fast players [on Cathedral’s team], so it was difficult for our defense,” Stinson said.
Cathedral’s skillful defense kept TPHS from scoring early on. With five minutes left in the half, TPHS finally managed to capture the lead as Cirino capitalized on an assist by Zimmer.
Quick passing and reversals between offense and defense were present on both sides in the second half, but the game ended with a 1-0 win for the Falcons.
“We got a lot of corners but need to execute on them better,” Stinson said.
The Falcons expected their last match of the tournament against La Costa Canyon High School (0-6) to be the height of the competition. In a previous league match, the two teams had tied, and the Falcons eventually won in overtime.
“We’re very similarly matched,” Stensin said. “They’re very fast and aggressive, and they will pressure the ball.”
Although LCC quickly started on offense, forcing Gitre to make a save off of a corner within the first 10 minutes of the game, the team finally pulled together toward the end of the first half, allowing Jimenez to score the first goal of the game.
“During halftime, we had a talk saying that we wouldn’t tie to LCC because we had tied to them during the league game and then won in overtime, so it was really stressful and we knew that we weren’t going to let that happen again,” Gitre said.
With the positive momentum, TPHS was able to get another goal, this time from Cohen, via an assist by Jimenez to win the game 2-0.
“I figured that it would be a tough game that would come down to who would make the least mistakes,” LCC coach Gail Petty said. “Torrey Pines defense was pretty amazing, [while] we struggled defensively.”
The Falcons played Serra High School (4-0) on Sept. 25 after the Falconer went to press, and the team will continue competing in the Serra Tournament on Sept. 28 against Vista high school (2-2).